(BIVN) – Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirms the volcanic eruption continues this morning in Leilani Estates.
“Active volcanic vents are located on Makamae, Kaupili and Mohala Streets,” civil defense stated in a Saturday morning media release. “A new vent has opened near the intersection of Leilani Avenue and Kahukai Road. There is no activity at Puna Geothermal Venture at this time. PGV is secured.”
“All residents of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivision are on evacuation notice,” civil defense repeated. “Police, Fire and County agencies along with the National Guard are assisting with evacuation.”
Due to the eruption, the following are issued:
- Department of Water Supply has issued an Emergency Water Restriction for Leilani Estates, Nānāwale Estates, Kapoho and Lanipuna Gardens. ALL Water Supply customers must immediately restrict water use to health and safety needs only.
- Hawaii Fire Department reports extremely dangerous conditions due to high levels of Sulfur Dioxide gas in the evacuation area. Elderly, young, and people with compromised respiratory systems are especially vulnerable.
- The high levels detected are an immediate threat to life for all who become exposed. First responders may not be able to come to the aid of residents who refuse to evacuate.
- The area continues to be unstable with multiple volcanic eruptions happening. No one is allowed into the area.
Do not attempt to return to your home at this time.
- All residents in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivisions have been ordered to evacuate. The Pahoa Community Center and the Kea’au Community Center are open for shelter.
- Residents evacuating should bring an emergency evacuation supply kit including necessary medicine, food, and necessary items for your comfort if possible.
UPDATE: The Hawai‘i Red Cross says that, as of midnight last night, there were 157 people at the Pahoa Community Center and 27 people at the Keaau Community Center, with another 40 to 50 people staying in their cars in the parking lot.
UPDATE: All recreational activities at the Pahoa Pool are cancelled until further notice, the county says. The facility is being used as a hygiene station for evacuees from the eruption event in Puna.
The Red Cross recommends that people prepare their emergency kits for 14 days and bring their emergency supplies with them to shelters
County, State and Federal partners continue to monitor the situation.