(BIVN) – For another day, Leilani Estates residents navigated lava flows and curtains of gas in an attempt to complete a hasty evacuation of their homes, under the threat of an ongoing volcanic eruption.
The Hawaii National Guard led a group of media into the restricted area in order to demonstrate how they are helping to monitor the gas emissions in the area, which includes the dangerous sulfur dioxide, or SO2. While there, the crews encountered residents willing to take a moment to explain how the eruption has turned their lives upside down.
The Department of Health is working on updating SO2 data reporting online. Hawaii Interagency Vog Information Dashboard is here.
Shortly after this video was filmed, two new fissures opened in the area. So far in the eruption, lava has covered 104 acres and 36 structures have been destroyed.
Conditions permitting, Leilani Estates residents are being allowed to check on their property and retrieve personal items, if possible, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.each day until further notice, civil defense officials say. “Follow the instructions of the authorities on scene,” civil defense says. “Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.” Residents will need entry placards to get in. The placards are being issued at the Recovery Information and Assistance Center (RIAC) at the Sacred Hearts Church in Pāhoa, open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.