(BIVN) – Fountains from the 180 ft. tall Fissure 8 spatter cone continue to supply lava to the open channel with intermittent small, short-lived overflows, scientists reported Friday. That flow continues to enter the ocean at Kapoho. The flow is producing a broad ocean entry along the shoreline, and is also oozing fresh lava at Kapoho Beach Lots, civil defense said Saturday morning.
Two more homes were destroyed by lava yesterday in Kapoho, bringing the total number of homes lost since the eruption began in May to 668, Mayor Harry Kim told the County Council yesterday. Due to active lava near houses in Kapoho, access by residents is not allowed, civil defense says.
Fissure 22 is also active and producing a short flow, civil defense reported this morning. “Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and laze at the ocean entry continue to be very high,” officials said. “The National Weather Service reports trade winds will push vog to the south and west side of the island.”
Due to frequent earthquakes near the summit, civil defense says residents in the Volcano area are advised to monitor utility connections of gas, electricity, and water after earthquakes.
As a reminder, civil defense says 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 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (also referred to as FEMA) in-person by visiting the Disaster Recovery Center, by calling 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA), 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 will resume running 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.