(BIVN) – The open channel lava flow that extends from Fissure 8 in Leilani Estates continues to be very active, feeding a long ocean-entry at Kapoho, expanding south along the shoreline, and oozing fresh lava along its north margin at Kapoho Beach Lots.
Due to active lava near houses in Kapoho, Hawaii County Civil Defense said Wednesday that access by residents is not allowed. No additional houses have been destroyed at this time, officials say.
Over the last 24 hours, scientists have been observing small, short-lived overflows of the lava channel. “Small overflows on both sides of the upslope portion of the channel occurred shortly after midnight, June 27,” the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said on Wendesday. “None of these overflows extended past the existing flow field.”
The Fissure 8 spatter cone is now 180 ft tall at its highest point, and fountains only occasionally rise above that point, scientists say.
According to Hawaii County Civil Defense, disaster assistance is available island-wide to individuals and businesses in Hawaii County that have been affected by the Kilauea eruption.
- The Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8am to 8pm, and is located at the Keaau High School Gym. If you need a ride, buses run between the two shelters and the Disaster Recovery Center.
- The Disaster Recovery Center is staffed with representatives from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and State and County agencies.
- For more resources to help you recover from this disaster, please visit the Civil Defense website.