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.
Here are some of the updates as of May 8:
From @USGSVolcanoes on Twitter: Another @ 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.
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:
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Here are images from the USGS.