(BIVN) – Here is the latest on the eruptions along the lower East Rift Zone and at the summit of Kilauea.
Lower East Rift Zone:
Fissures east of Pohoiki Road near Lanipuna gardens continue to erupt, producing a slow moving lava flow, emergency officals stated at 6 a.m. on Saturday. “Four homes were destroyed, but no highways are threatened at this time,” civil defense said.
Due to the volcanic activity, the following policies are in effect:
- Pohoiki Road is closed.
- Residents from Isaac Hale Beach Park to Kalapana are advised to prepare for voluntary evacuation should Highway 137 become threatened.
- For those evacuating, the Pahoa Community Center, Keaau Community Center, and Sure Foundation Church are open. Food will be provided and the shelters are pet friendly.
- Highway 132 and 130 are open to local traffic past the checkpoints.
A small steam explosion occurred in Halemaʻumaʻu Crater last night around midnight. Scientists say the ash plume rose somewhere between 7,000 to 10,000 feet.
Trade winds pushed the ash plume to the southwest toward Kaʻū, Pahala, and Naalehu, civil defense reported. Residents of these areas are reminded to protect yourself from ash fallout by remaining indoors or by using dust masks.
The National Weather Service did not issue an Ashfall Advisory.