(BIVN) – The majority of the Fissure 8 lava flow is now heading south at Kapoho Cone “toward Pohoiki”, Hawaii County Civil Defense reported on Friday morning.
Fissure 8 continues to erupt lava into the perched channel heading northeast from the vent toward Kapoho, officials observed this morning. Two days ago, a diverted channelized ʻaʻā flow west of Kapoho Crater advanced to the ocean, covering the Kua O Ka La Charter School and Ahalanui Beach Park on the way, and establishing a robust ocean entry.
At 2:42 p.m. HST on July 12, a collapse explosion event occurred at Kīlauea’s summit. The energy released by the event was equivalent to a Magnitude 5.3 earthquake. The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory noted that after the collapse explosion “there was an increase in activity from fissure 8 although only small channel breaches have been observed south of the ocean entry.”
“Be aware that spill overs of the flow channel and other breakouts are possible on the active flow field,” Hawaii County Civil Defense reported today. “Do not access the active flow field due to extreme hazard.”
The Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends, 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,” civil defense says.
On Thursday, Director Tanya Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West announced that SBA has approved $10.2 million in federal disaster loans for Hawaii businesses and residents impacted by Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes that began on May 3, 2018.
According to a news release, SBA has approved $989,500 for businesses and $9,211,900 for residents to help rebuild and recover from this disaster.
“SBA’s disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible,” said Garfield. Businesses and residents who sustained damages are encouraged to register prior to the Aug. 13, 2018, deadline with the Federal Emergency Management Agency at disasterassistance.gov. “Don’t miss out on any assistance you may be entitled to by not registering for help. You don’t need to wait for your insurance to settle or obtain a contractor’s estimate,” she added.