Kilauea Volcano: Lava Enters Kapoho Bay

Lava Enters Kapoho Bay

June 4, 2018, (Updated June 4, 2018, 9:00 AM HST ) 

Monday, June 4, 2018, 9 a.m.

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 Video from helicopter overflight of Kīlauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone on June 4, 2018, shows lava from fissure 8 entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay. View to the north.

Overflight photograph at approximately 6:13 a.m., June 4, 2018, shows the lava flow originating from Fissure 8 (not visible in photograph) entering Kapoho Bay. The ocean entry was reported to have occurred by 10:30 p.m. on the night of June 3, 2018.

Monday, June 4, 6 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to feed a large channelized flow traveling along Highway 132, the Pāhoa-Kapoho Road.

 Lava entered the ocean in Kapoho Bay last night.

Kīlauea Lower East Rift Zone lava flows and fissures, June 3, 11a.m. Given the dynamic nature of Kīlauea’s lower East Rift Zone eruption, with changing vent locations, fissures starting and stopping, and varying rates of lava effusion, map details shown here are accurate as of the date/time noted. Shaded purple areas indicate lava flows erupted in 1840, 1955, 1960 and 2014-2015. (Click to see large map.)

Due to lava crossing Highway 137, the following policies are in effect:

  • There is no access to the lower Puna area, Highway 132, and Highway 137 due to lava inundation.
  • Contact Civil Defense if you confirm that someone you know is remaining in the isolated area. Call 935-0031.

Highway 130 on June 1, 2018. PC: Crystal Richard

On roadways:

  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is open to Wa‘a Wa‘a and Papaya Farms Road residents only with official credentials. There is no curfew.
  • Volcanic gas emissions remain high at the KĪlauea summit and in the fissure system. Residents in communities downwind should take action to limit exposure to gas and ash.
  • On the coast, be aware of hydrochloric acid and glass particulates from the laze at the ocean entry.

Stay alert to warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

Shelters at Pahoa Community Center and Kea’au Armory are open and pet friendly.

Fissure 8 flow front: Photo from 7 a.m. helicopter overflight on June 3, 2018, hovering offshore and looking up the flowfront. Nearly all of the front was active and advancing; advance rates were estimated at an average of 250 feet/hour (76 m/hr), and as of 7AM the flow was 500 yards (457 m) from the ocean.

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