(BIVN) – The East Rift Zone eruption in Leilani Subdivision continues, according to a 6 a.m. update from the Hawaii County Civil Defense agency. “Hawaiian Volcano observatory confirms volcanic activity has paused at all 12 fissure,” the message states. “Hazardous fumes continue to be released. A total of 12 fissures have emerged, and 35 structures have been destroyed.”
Due to the eruption, the following are issued:
Conditions permitting, Leilani Estates residents will be allowed to check on their property from 7 AM to 6 PM each day until further notice. Follow the instructions of the authorities on scene. Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
Highway 130 is closed between Malama Street and Kamaili Road.
Pohoiki Road is closed from Highway 132 to Hinalo Street.
Civil Defense has established a community information center at Sacred Hearts Church in Pahoa, Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM.
Entry placards for residents who wish to retrieve personal items from Leilani Subdivision will be available at the community information center.
Hawaii Electric Light reminds residents to treat all downed lines as live. Under no circumstances are you to approach or touch downed lines.
A water truck for public use is located near the Vacationland mailboxes.
No access is allowed at this time for residents of Lanipuna Gardens due to dangerous volcanic gases.
Department of Education reports all public schools will be open today. However, the following Charter schools are closed today: Kua O Ka La, and Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences.
United States Postal Service announced that evacuated residents can pick up their mail at the Pahoa Post Office.
The Hawaii County Police Department and the Prosecutor’s Office have established a policy of zero tolerance towards looting or vandalism. Under Emergency Provisions, any looting or vandalism will be treated as a felony.
Puna Geothermal Venture reports no activity at this time and the facility is secured. Precautionary measures are being taken to remove flammable materials offsite.
“The residents of Leilani Estates are going through a very difficult time,” Civil Defense repeated. “This is not the time for sightseeing. You can help tremendously by staying out of the area.”
by Big Island Video News
LEILANI ESTATES - The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirms volcanic activity has paused at all 12 fissures, although hazardous fumes continue to be released.