Volcano Update: Explosion Releases Ash 15,000 Ft High, 4.5 Earthquake OvernightMay 29, 2018, 6:21 AM HST · Updated May 29, 8:41 AM 4 Comments
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that an ash eruption at Kīlauea summit occurred overnight at around 2 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. The resulting ash plume reached 15,000 feet, according to HVO officials. Scientists say the wind is blowing in the Northwest direction and ash fall out may affect the areas of Volcano, Pāhala, Nāʻālehu.
Also overnight, a 4.5 magnitude earthquake was reported in the summit region of the Kīlauea Volcano at 1:56 a.m. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a statement saying that no tsunami was expected.
As of 8 a.m., the National Weather Service reported Pele’s Hair (volcanic glass fibers) falling in the Pāhoa area.
This morning, officials are monitoring active flows near the Highway 132 and Pohoiki Road junction. If 132 is overrun, Beach Road will be the only access into the lower Puna area.
As of 6:30 a.m., Highway 132 was being shut down between Lava Tree State Park to Four Corners, due to a fast moving lava flow approaching the highway. Everyone is advised to avoid the area. Beach Road is the only access into lower Puna. The public is advised to make necessary plans and monitor for Civil Defense alerts.
The Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency reports this morning that a lava flow from Fissure 8 began advancing rapidly to the northeast from near Kahukai Road before 4 a.m. It crossed Pohoiki Road at 5 a.m. and was moving along the northern margin of an older flow toward the Puna Geothermal Venture access road.
This comes on the heels of a fast moving pahoehoe lava flow from Fissure 8 in the Leilani Estates subdivision on the Big Island with reports of lava fountaining on Monday. Civil Defense officials were warning residents last night of the advancing flow on Nohea and Kupono Streets north of Leilani Street, with reports of lava fountains on Moku Street.
Individuals in the area, from Pomaikai east, were being advised to leave the area. Shelters were being offered at the Pāhoa Community Center, Keaʻau Community Center and Sure Foundation Church.
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