(UPDATE) – There has been little change on the lower East Rift Zone, however observations made this morning suggest lava near Pohoiki boat ramp may be reactivating.
“Not a good morning for us Puna people,” wrote Ikaika Marzo, who collected observations from the sky and from the sea. “Lava moved to the south this morning and is moving towards the boat ramp. The boat ramp is still there but I am not too sure how long it will last. The surf spot ‘Dead Trees’ locals call is being taken out as we speak. The surge this morning has made an impact to the flows near the ocean.”
(UPDATE) – Today, Jason Twillman reported a change in the lava in the channel around Papaya Farms Road. Video recorded by Twillman shows the fast moving lava river has transitioned into slow moving ‘a’ā flow.
(BIVN) – Hawai‘i County Civil Defense issued the following message on Saturday, August 4 at 6 a.m. HST:
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that earthquakes continue at Kilauea summit. Fissure 8 continues to erupt lava into the perched channel, sending flows to the ocean at Ahalanui and creating a large laze plume. The margin of the flow at the ocean entry has not advanced and remains approximately 500 feet from the Pohoiki boat ramp.
Motorists on Highway 11 between the 28 and 32 mile marker are advised to stay on the pavement, be alert for changing roadway conditions, and drive with caution. Motorcyclists and bicyclists should proceed with extreme caution.
The following guidelines remain in effect:
Check all utility connections of water, gas, and electricity for potential damage from earthquake activity.
Do not access the active flow field due to extreme hazard. Be aware that channel overflows and other breakouts are possible on the active flow field.
The ocean entry continues to produce a laze plume. Take precautions and stay out of the plume to avoid exposure to hydrochloric acid and glass particles, which can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs.
We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.
We will update this page with observations made today by the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.