Big Island On Volcano Eruption Watch

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In less 3 days the Big Island of Hawaii has seen hundreds of earthquakes (most around magnitude 2.0) shaking it's eastern side causing worry that Kilauea Volcano might be getting ready to erupt soon.

The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said that residents should review and prepare their emergency plans in case of evacuation. If you're not prepared for an emergency be sure to read this now.

Residents are reporting cracks that are starting to form in roads as shown in the photos above (photo credit to USGS). The USGS said, "An outbreak of lava from the lower East Rift Zone remains a possible outcome of the continued unrest." Stay tuned for more.

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We are on the Big Island now and normally take a day and go south part of he island to Saddle Road and take the next day and do the north part.  However with these earthquakes that we have been having, we might have to change our plans this year. 
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Just curious Dave, have you guys felt any of the quakes at all or just not close enough to that part to feel them? If you have any news, photos, whatever of the action be sure to post :)
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Looks like some of those magnitude 2 quakes are getting stronger...

1033 AM HST THU MAY 03 2018

   ORIGIN TIME - 1031 AM HST 03 MAY 2018
   MAGNITUDE   - 4.6

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Looks like Kilauea is erupting to some degree and lava is flowing. Here is a Hawaii New Now link to information on vacations with shelter locations for those in the Leilani Estates area of the Big Island.

From Hawaii Civil Defense...

Lava Eruption From Mohala Street In Leilani Estates Subdivision, Thursday May 3 At 6:50 PM
This is a Civil Defense update for Thursday May 3, 2018 at 6:50 PM.

Department of Public Works reports steam and lava emissions from a crack in Leilani Subdivision in the area of Mohala Street.

Due to the eruption, the following are issued:

An emergency proclamation is now in effect and at the following link:

All residents in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivisions are required to evacuate.

The Pahoa Regional Community Center near the new Pahoa Regional Park is open for shelter. 

Keaau Community Center is to be opened for additional shelter needs.

Residents evacuating should ensure to bring your emergency evacuation supply kit including necessary medicine, food, and necessary items for your comfort if possible.

The intersection at Highway 132 and Pohoiki Road is now closed to allow evacuation efforts to proceed.

Puna Geothermal Venture is executing their emergency plan and starting to shut down operations at this time.

Avoid travel to the evacuation area for everyone’s safety.

Hawaii County Civil Defense, Police, Fire and partners continue to assist evacuation efforts and monitor the situation.

You will be informed of any conditions that affect your safety.

Thank you.  This is your Hawai’i County Civil Defense Agency.
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U.S. Geological Survey
Friday, May 4, 2018, 7:45 AM HST (Friday, May 4, 2018, 17:45 UTC)

19°25'16" N 155°17'13" W, Summit Elevation 4091 ft (1247 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Summary: An eruption is in progress along Kilauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone. Since late afternoon May 3, at least three small fissure vents have opened in Leilani Estates subdivision in the lower Puna district. At this time, activity consists mostly of vigorous lava spattering. Additional outbreaks in the area are likely. Deflationary tilt at the summit of the volcano continues and the lava lake level continues to drop. 

Photos and maps of activity will be posted to the HVO web site as they become available.

Lower East Rift Zone:

The first outbreak of lava occurred late in the afternoon of May 3 following days of increased earthquake activity and ground deformation. As of this morning, three separate fissures have opened in the eastern portion of Leilani Estates. Each outbreak has been preceded by ground cracking and strong gas emission. Activity consists primarily of vigorous spattering of lava and development of very short lava flows that have yet to travel more than a few tens of yards from the vent. Earthquake activity in the area remains elevated and ground deformation is continuing. High levels of volcanic gas are reported around the fissure vents.

Residents of the Puna District to remain alert, review individual, family, and business emergency plans, and watch for further information about the status of the volcano. Hawaii County Civil Defense messages regarding conditions, warning, and evacuations may be found at

Summit Observations: Deflationary tilt at the summit continues. In concert, the summit lava lake is dropping. Tremor amplitude is fluctuating with lava lake spattering. Elevated summit sulfur dioxide emission rates persist. Gas emissions remain elevated. Current webcam views are here:

Pu?u ?O?o Observations: Seismicity remains elevated at Pu?u ?O?o but tiltmeters near the cone show no significant deformation overnight. During fieldwork at Pu?u ?O?o yesterday, no lava activity was observed in the area. The 61g lava flow is no longer being fed. The summit crater of the cone continues to collapse intermittently producing small plumes of ash yesterday there were several episodes of ash emission in response to collapse, including immediately after the nearby M5.0 earthquake. 
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