(BIVN) – At approximately 7 p.m. on Sunday evening, a large perched lava pond created by Fissure 7 apparently breached, resulting in a fast moving lava flow that ran down Leilani Avenue and Luana Street in Leilani Estates, officials reported last night.
A Hawaii County Civil Defense message informed residents on Nohea Street and Luana Street between Leilani Avenue and Kahukai, and Kupono Street between Malama Street and Leilani Avenue that they needed to evacuate immediately.
Just before midnight, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported the fast-moving flow (saying that it broke from Fissures 7 and/or 8) had reached Kahukai Street at its intersection with Hookupu at about 11 p.m. HST.
Big Island Video News received multiple reports of homes being taken from different sources.
Just before 4 a.m., USGS said that lava from Sunday night’s Fissure 8 outbreak was about 50 m from crossing Pohoiki Road. At the Kilauea summit, high rates of earthquakes were reported to be occurring as deflation there continued.
Due to the destructive Sunday night flow, the following information was provided by civil defense:
- HELCO customers in the lower Puna area, especially Kapoho, may experience extended power interruptions.
- Department of Water Supply customers along Highway 132, between Lava Tree State Park and Halekamahina Road, may have their water service interrupted.
- Residents in the area are advised to stay informed and be prepared to evacuate with little or no notice.
This morning, civil defense has already issued an audio message, saying that “light easterly winds are expected to push volcanic gases and vog westward towards Puna, including Kurtistown and Mountain View.”
“This wind pattern combined with occasional bursts of ash from Kilauea summit may lead to the buildup of ash and sulfur dioxide downwind of the Kilauea summit and fissures on the east rift zone,” civil defense said.