(BIVN) – Observers are keeping an eye on the lava ocean entry near what used to be Ahalanui Beach Park, not only to track its possible advance south towards treasured Pohoiki, but also as the location where a strong littoral explosion injured 23 passengers aboard a lava boat tour yesterday.
On Monday afternoon, Hawaii County Civil Defense said the advance of the lava to the south had stalled, 0.6 miles from Pohoiki.
Also on Monday, following another Kilauea summit collapse/explosion event at 11:42 a.m., the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory noted “there was no significant response at fissure 8. Field crews have not reported any channel overflows.”
Hawaii County Civil Defense issued a new message at 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning:
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to erupt lava into the channel heading northeast toward Kapoho into the ocean near Ahalanui.
The following policies remain in effect:
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.
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 located at the Keaau High School Gym is open daily from 8 AM to 6 PM weekdays and 8 AM to 4 PM Saturdays, closed Sundays. If you need a ride, buses run between the two shelters and the Disaster Recovery Center.
Placards are available 2018 at the Civil Defense office located at 920 Ululani Street in Hilo.
Community meeting tonight at 5:00 pm at the Pahoa High School Cafeteria.