(BIVN) – Fissure 8 continues to be very active and is feeding a lava channel to the ocean at Kapoho, as there has been no significant change during the past 24 hours on the lower East Rift Zone of Kīlauea Volcano.
“The flow is producing a broad ocean entry along the shoreline, and continues to expand into Kapoho Beach Lots and north of Four Corners intersection,” Hawaii County Civil Defense said Sunday morning. Kapoho Beach Lots and Four Corners area are closed to any access, and officials warn: “Be aware that spill overs of the channel and other breakouts are possible on the active flow field, do not access the active flow field due to extreme hazard.”
UPDATE – Although there has been no official word, observers on social media have been keeping an eye on vigorous activity along the south side of the Fissure 8 lava channel near the ocean entry. A new branch of lava has created a new ocean entry, according to lava boat tour operators, and reports say Ahalanui County Beach Park has not been inundated.
The National Weather Service forecast showery trade wind conditions through tonight, the county reported. Trades are expected to weaken for a brief period tonight through Monday night.
At 2:55 a.m. this morning (July 8), another collapse explosion event occurred at Kīlauea’s summit. The energy released by the event was equivalent to a Magnitude 5.4 earthquake, according to the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Inward slumping of the rim and walls of Halemaʻumaʻu continues in response to ongoing subsidence at the summit, scientists say.
Hawaii County Civil Defense provides this additional information:
The Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8 AM to 4 PM weekends, and 8 AM to 6 PM weekdays. The Center is located at the Kea`au High School Gym. If you need a ride, buses run between the two shelters and the Disaster Recovery Center.
The Salvation Army continues to operate a distribution center at the Pahoa Community Center on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9 AM to 12 PM and 2 PM to 5 PM. If you have items you wish to donate, please coordinate with the Salvation Army at (808) 756-0306.
We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.