New Fissure, 22nd Vent Located SE of Puna GeothermalMay 18, 2018, 8:31 AM HST · Updated May 18, 8:58 PM 0 Comments
(Update: 6 a.m. 5.18.18)
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has reported a new fissure this morning, between fissures 19 and 20, in an area southeast of the Puna Geothermal Venture facility.
The latest development comes as the eruption enters its third week.
Forty structures have been reported destroyed as of this morning.
Several fissures are active with spattering. A lava flow at fissure 17 is covering the existing lava flow, but no new advancement is occurring.
Due to the continued volcanic activity the following policies are in effect:
- Do continue to be on the alert for volcanic fumes of SO2.
- Volcanic gas such as SO2, is especially dangerous for elderly, children/babies and people with respiratory problems.
- People in areas downwind of rifts may intermittently experience higher levels of fumes. People with breathing problems should avoid being outdoors and leave the area if deemed necessary.
To help residents, authorities are distributing free masks for ash protection.
- Distribution will continue today from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cooper Center and Ocean View Community Center.
- One mask per family member.
- Masks DO NOT protect against gasses and vapors. They will only provide filtering for ash.
A third shelter has opened. Sure Foundation, located on Pōhaku Circle in Keaʻau, is now open.
- People from Pāhoa who have breathing concerns are relocating from the Pāhoa Community Center shelter to the Sure Foundation shelter.
- The shelter will cater specifically to people with breathing issues, but everyone is welcome.
- All shelters are pet friendly.