(BIVN) – Hawaii County Civil Defense provided the following update on Sunday morning:
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirms 2 more fissures emerged between Leilani and Malama Street near Luana and Kupono Street last night, bringing the total number of fissures to 9 at this time. Active venting of lava and hazardous fumes continues between Mohala and Pomaika’i Street.
It is confirmed that at this time, at least 9 homes have been destroyed.
Due to the eruption, the following are issued:
Conditions permitting, Leilani Estates residents with property between Highway 130 and Maile Street will be allowed to enter the subdivision to complete evacuation of pets, medicine, and vital documents left behind between the hours of 8 AM to 6 PM.
Residents should retrieve their items expeditiously so others may go in after them.
Be aware of the very unstable conditions of air quality and of the roads. You will be required to leave the area if conditions become hazardous.
Residents will be required to provide identification and proof of residency in Leilani Subdivision. Primary Police checkpoint is established at Highway 130 and 132. A secondary checkpoint is at Highway 130 and Leilani Street.
Leilani residents entering must be on the alert for elevated levels of Sulfur Dioxide, wildfire, and volcanic eruption. People with respiratory problems are especially vulnerable.
No access is allowed at this time for residents of Lanipuna Gardens due to dangerous volcanic gases.
Please, the residents of Leilani need your help by staying out of the area. This is not the time for sightseeing.
by Big Island Video News
PUNA, Hawaii - Conditions permitting, Leilani Estates residents with property between Highway 130 and Maile Street will be allowed to enter the subdivision to complete evacuation of pets, medicine, and vital documents left behind between the hours of 8 am to 6 pm.