(BIVN) – Moderate-level eruption of lava continues from multiple points along the northeast end of the active fissure system, officials say.
In a 8:30 a.m. update, Hawaii County Civil Defense said there is eruptive lava activity at multiple fissures, with two flows entering the ocean near MacKenzie State Park.
Due to the volcanic activity, civil defense says the following information is provided for your awareness:
- Gas levels remain high. Take actions to limit further exposure.
- All schools are currently open this morning.
- County, state and federal officials are working together to monitor the situation and take action to ensure the safety of surrounding communities.
Due to hazardous conditions from lava and fires, the following policies are in effect:
- Highway 137 is closed to all traffic between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road.
- Kamaili Road is closed to all thru traffic. No stopping, this is a high sulfur dioxide area.
- Everyone is asked to stay out of the area.
Due to the lava entry at the ocean, the following policies are in effect:
- Access to the area is prohibited due to the laze hazard.
- Stay away from any ocean plume. The plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.
- The U.S. Coast Guard is actively monitoring the area. Only permitted tour boats are allowed in the area.
“The residents of lower Puna are going through a very difficult time,” civil defense repeated. “We ask for your help by avoiding the affected areas if possible.”