6.9 EARTHQUAKE FELT STATEWIDE – May 4, 2018. (updated)
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.
Informative Links for Up To Date News
Hawaii Volcano Observatory (USGS)
USGS: Kiluaea Volcano Alerts
Hawaii County Civil Defense
Big Island Now
Hawaii Tribune Herald
Ikaika Marzo ( Facebook video blogger)
Honolulu Star Advertiser
Honolulu Civil Beat
The Hawaii Files Channel Video Compilation
UPDATE: 6.9 Earthquake (12:30 pm 5-4-18)
Coordinates:-155.0321, 19.3702 Depth:5 km (3.1 mi) Magnitude:6.9 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 Event ID:us1000dyad Contributing Network:us