(BIVN) – Emergency officials say Fissure 8 in Leilani Estates continues to erupt with a full channel and one major ocean entry at Kapoho. “The flow front at the coast is about 1.5 miles across, but lava pours into the ocean at a single entry, creating a large laze plume,” the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says.
Scientists continue to monitor three other fissures that are weakly active. As of last night, Fissures 16/18 continued to ooze lava and Fissure 6 was mildly spattering. There is no immediate threat at this time, civil defense said.
At 5:05 a.m HST, USGS HVO says “another gas and ash emission from a small subsurface explosion occurred at Kīlauea’s summit, producing a plume that was blown downwind at about 1,000 ft above ground level.”
“The National Weather Service reports that today through Thursday light winds are expected to push vog into the saddle and interior areas of the Big Island,” officials reported this morning. “Trade winds are predicted to return on Friday.”
Hawaii County Civil Defense added:
Numerous resources continue to be available to residents of Hawai‘i County who suffered damage or losses from the Kilauea volcanic eruption and recent earthquakes. As of yesterday afternoon 817 people have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance either on line or at the Disaster Recovery Center or DRC.
On the Disaster Recovery Center, according to civil defense:
- The DRC, is open daily from 8am to 8pm, and is located at the Keaau High School Gym.
- Tropic Care 2018 continues today and tomorrow with free medical, dental and eye care at Kea’au High School from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Additional screening days are scheduled for the coming weeks.
- There will be a community meeting at the Pahoa High School Cafeteria today at 5 p.m. An American Sign Language interpreter will be on hand.