(BIVN) – Vigorous eruption of lava continues from the lower East Rift Zone fissure system in the area of Leilani Estates. According to a report from the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory published at 4:54 p.m. HST:
Lava eruption continued at Fissure 8 with vigorous fountains reaching heights of about 220 feet. Geology crews reported no significant changes in the Fissure 8 flow field and two large plumes at the broad ocean entry. The Kapoho Beachlots boundary has not changed since this morning’s overflight. There is no lava activity from the other fissures.
“Geology and UAS crews observed no significant changes in the Fissure 8 flow field,” USGS said earlier this morning. “There is no lava activity from the other fissures but Fissure 24 is incandescent and Fissures 24, 9, and 10 are fuming heavily.”
“Following a magnitude-3.2 earthquake at the summit, twelve rockfalls were recorded in Puʻu ʻŌʻō between 10:31 and 10:56 AM with a prominent, but brief, red dust plume ejected into the air around 10:50 AM,” scientists reported.
The National Weather Service reported high levels of vog and sulfur dioxide was moving north earlier today “and wedging in the Saddle area,” civil defense said. “Vog will limit visibility on some roads to a quarter of a mile. Drive with caution. The Big Island interior and south are expected to have increased levels of vog until tonight,” emergency officials said.
Due to volcanic emissions and changing wind conditions, the following guidance is given:
- Residents in Leilani Estates, and other areas affected by SO2, should take measures to reduce exposure by sheltering in place or leaving the area.
- Stay alert and be ready to leave the area should conditions change.
- N-95 masks that were distributed are for ash or vog particulate and will NOT protect from gasses or vapors, including SO2.
- You can monitor sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide on Hawaii Island by visiting the Civil Defense website or go directly to epa.gov/kilaueaairdata.