(BIVN) – Two structures have been destroyed in Kapoho in the past 24 hours, officials say, as the Fissure 8 lava channel continues to enter the ocean over a broad area.
For the past few days, the flow has been oozing fresh lava at Kapoho Beach Lots. “Due to active lava near houses in Kapoho, access by residents is not allowed,” emergency officials said.
A few burning areas were observed on the south side of the flow and west of highway 137, scientists with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said this morning.
“Lava was entering the sea over a broad area this morning primarily on the northern side of the entry area,” USGS wrote. “As shown by yesterday’s thermal map of the flow field, the lava channel has crusted over about 0.8 km (0.5 mi) inland of the ocean entry; lava is moving beneath the crust and into still-molten interior of earlier flows before it enters the sea.”
Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and laze at the ocean entry continue to be very high. The National Weather Service reports trade winds will reduce and VOG levels may increase in affected areas.
At the Kīlauea Volcano Summit, USGS observed:
At 07:51 AM HST, after approximately 15 hours of elevated seismicity, a collapse explosion occurred at the summit producing an ash-poor steam plume that rose about 500 ft above the ground surface (~4,500 ft above sea level) before drifting to the SW. The energy released by the event was equivalent to a magnitude 5.2 earthquake. Seismicity dropped abruptly from a high of 30-35 earthquakes per hour (many in the magnitude 2-3 range) prior to the collapse explosion down to 10 or fewer earthquakes per hour afterwards. Inward slumping of the rim and walls of Halemaʻumaʻu continues in response to ongoing subsidence at the summit.
Due to frequent earthquakes, residents in the Volcano area are advised to monitor utility connections of gas, electricity, and water after earthquakes, county officials say.
County officials say disaster assistance is available island-wide to individuals and businesses in Hawaii County that have been affected by the Kilauea eruption.
- You can register for disaster assistance with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in-person by visiting the Disaster Recovery Center, by calling 1-800-621-3362, or online at disasterassistance.gov
- 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 operate between the two shelters and the Disaster Recovery Center between 7:30 am and 9:00 pm.
- For more resources to help you recover from this disaster, please visit the county website.