The East Rift Zone volcano eruption continues to inundate the Leilani Estates community. This video collection is compiled from The Hawaii Files Channelon YouTube. It contains a variety of clips from local, national and international sources. As such local videos will probably be the most accurate, while those from sources outside of the state tend to be second hand in nature, and may prove not to be entirely accurate. For this reason we try not to include videos from questionable sources or publishers just repeating content from the local feeds.
The volcano eruption at the Leilani Estates on the Puna Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii continues with fiery destruction now as more lava flows and vents have become active. A large scale flow was photographed earlier this morning on Facebook.
Earthquakes continue and though none has come close to matching the big ones that happened yesterday. Hawaii Volcano Observatorycontinues to diligently post the latest official updates to their website.
Media coverage of the eruption is widespread, picked up by outlets all of the United States and the world. Many user videos have popped up on Facebook lending a narrative to the eruption. Several Facebook videographers have risked their own lives to get close to the action. Some of those video links (most on Facebook) are referenced below:
A new eruption started yesterday (May 3) in the Leilani Estates subdivision at around 4:30 in the afternoon. The breakout of lava opened up in the middle of a street and lasted for a few hours. The new eruption stopped for several hours before restarting on another street in the same subdivision early this morning (May 4). As of this posting a third location of lava breakout has occurred.
The situation is ongoing and in constant change. The Hawaii County Civil Defense agency has ordered a mandatory evacuation of the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivisions. It would be a good idea for all residents living downslope of the active eruption area to be ready to also evacuate.
Some mainland media have erroneously reported that the overall eruption is new. As most everyone in Hawaii knows, this is the latest phase in a long running eruption that started at the Pu’u O’o area in January 1983 and has been ongoing ever since. Over the decades the eruption has destroyed homes, businesses and property. In 2008 the summit of Kilauea erupted and to this very day, both locations have been in continuous eruption spewing millions of yards of lava. The Leilani Estates chapter is just the latest in this ongoing series.
The Hawaii Files will be updating this post through most of today with additional videos added to our compilation (above) as they are posted by various sources to YouTube. New photographs from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will also be posted as they become available.
Depth:5 km (3.1 mi)
Date:2018-05-04 12:32:55 local
2018-05-04 22:32:55 UTC
Age: 0 days
Distance From:16km SW of Leilani Estates, Hawaii
Number of Phases:67
Azimuthal Gap (deg):212
Distance to Nearest Station:0.1 deg
Vertical / Horizontal Error:0.71 km / 0.48 km
Hawaii island’s Kilauea volcano is ramping up for some new activity downslope and away from the long running Pu’u O’o eruption area. Several days ago the crater wall at Pu’u O’o collapsed. The magma that is under the crater moved downslope along the East Rift Zoneof Kilauea this week.
A moderate earthquake measuring 5.0 hit the Puna area this morning (May 3) at around 10:30 am. The quake caused part of the Pu’u O’o crater wall to collapse, sending out a huge plume of pinkish colored smoke.
The quake is one of a series of hundreds that are rocking the area. Most of the earthquakes are at the 1 or 2 point levels with a few spiking higher into the 3 point range. Hawaii Volcano Observatory scientists say this is a sign that lava is moving deep underground but could find its way back up to the surface a few miles away from the two current eruption sites.
Miles downslope and we are talking about several subdivisions in the lower Puna area, home to about 10,000 residents.
Lava movement down the slopes of Kilauea is not new. This kind of thing has happened in the past, most notably in 1955 and in 1960, when the village of Kapoho was overrun by lava.
Area residents know that they live in a place of high volcanic risk. Pu’u O’o has been continuously erupting since 1983. Houses, beaches, farmland, businesses and more have been wiped out by the volcano’s lava flows over the last 35 years. The village of Kalapana, once a pristine area with a beautiful black sand beach was wiped off the earth by lava in the late 1980s and 1990s. The town of Pahoa was almost inundated with a lava flow from the same volcano in 2014.
The summit eruption at the top of Kilauea Caldera within Halemaumau continues. The lava lake recently filled up and has drained somewhat this week.
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Hawaii’s winners of their various awards as the week of April 29 to May 5 has been designated National Small Business Week.
From the SBA’s Press Release:
SBA Announces Hawaii’s 2018 Top Small Business Winners
Celebrate National Small Business Week- April 29 to May 5, 2018
Reginald “Regi” Perry, managing member of Barbers Point Aviation Services, LLC, was named the 2018 Small Business Person of the Year for the State of Hawaii by the U.S. Small Business Administration Hawaii District Office. Perry will represent the State of Hawaii at the celebration of National Small Business Week in Washington, D.C. from April 29 to 30 before returning to the islands to attend the local honors.
The 31st Annual Statewide SBA Awards will be presented to an impressive roster of top performing, entrepreneurial, savvy small business owners, exporters, contractors and small business advocates at a ceremony and luncheon May 4, 2018, at the Hawaii Prince Hotel in Waikiki.