Volcano Update – May 8, 2018

MAY 8, 2018: Leilani Estates Update, 2:45 PM:  Lanipuna Residents Must EVACUATE NOW Big Island Now

Tuesday, May 8, 2:45 p.m.: Two New Fissures Confirmed, EVACUATION IN PROGRESS

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirms two new vents. All Lanipuna Gardens residents must EVACUATE NOW towards the ocean at Isaac Hale Beach Park. Vent number 13 has opened near the intersection of Leilani Avenue and Kahukai Road and vent number 14 near Kaupili Street and Leilani Avenue. Both are actively erupting. Hazardous fumes continue to be released.

Tuesday, May 8, 2 p.m.: Two New Fissures Reported

A news source on the scene has reported that two new fissures, No. 13 and 14, have opened up in Leilani Estates. Hawai‘i News now reports that another house was destroyed.

Fissure fountain outbreak Lelani Estates
This fissure erupted on May 5 near fissures 2 and 7, beginning with small lava spattering at about 8:44 p.m. HST. By 9:00 p.m., lava fountains as high as about 70 m (230 ft) were erupting from the fissure.

This post will be periodically updated. Check with the usual media and information sites such as Big Island Now, Hawaii County Civil Defense and the USGS Kilauea Volcano Hazards page.

TV Media sites: KHON, KITVHawaii News Now, NaLeo TVSome of these news streams may have live streaming and video on demand web content.

Here are some of the updates as of May 8:

From  on Twitter: Another @CivilDefenseHI update: No change in activity; lava has covered 104 acres and destroyed 35 structures facebook.com/hawaiicountyci… Also, a new website has been set up to help the community response: punalavaflow2018.com

As of this morning (May 8) the eruption along Kīlauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone within the Leilani Estates subdivision has paused. (Volcano Hazards page advisory of 8:15am)

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is  open 7am to 10pm after being closed on May 4th due to the 6.9 earthquake.

May 7 Puna Community Meeting was held: Video Naleo TV  Note: delay in video. You may want to advance your player about 30 minutes ahead of the starting point.

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, a firm that takes many tourists to sightsee over the Big Island’s volcano had to terminate an employee pilot for making insensitive remarks regarding the residents of Leilani Estates:

Bue Hawaiian Helicopters

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Here are images from the USGS.

Sunken lava lake
May 6, 2018 – The summit lava lake has dropped significantly over the past few days, and this evening was roughly 220 m below the crater rim. This very wide angle camera view captures the entire north portion of the Overlook crater.
Fissure 7
Fissure 7 began on May 5 at dawn and was active for several hours. At the peak of its activity, large bubble bursts occurred at one spot (lower left) in the fissure while spattering was present in other portions. A short lava flow was erupted from the fissure around 8 a.m. HST, moving northeast and crossing Hookupu St.
Lava flow in Leilani Estates. May 5, 2018.


Melvin Ah Ching is a photographer, consultant, blogger, desktop publisher, and computer enthusiast living and working in Hawaii. The Hawaii Files have been online since 2006.

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