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Kilauea Lava Flow Rolls Into Sea at Kapoho Bay

06 June 2018

The current activity has been accompanied for weeks by daily periodic explosions of gas and volcanic rock from Kilauea's summit crater as well as earthquakes.

An official count of homes destroyed has yet to be released, but Snyder said that, because almost all of Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland were covered, the number is expected to be in the hundreds.

This image from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) shows shows the lava flow originating from Fissure 8 (not visible in photograph) entering Kapoho Bay on Monday.

Homes in Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland are on smaller lots and are closer together than in other parts of the Puna district.

In addition to volcanic particles that can cause eye, skin and respiratory irritation, residents were warned to be on the lookout for sharp, thin strands of volcanic glass fibers known as "Pele's hair," a reference to the Hawaiian goddess of fire.

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Be aware of the laze hazard and stay away from any ocean plume.

Officials warned the public to stay away from the plume because it can irritate skin and eyes and make it hard to breathe. The flow front was about a half-mile wide, with lava building a delta a few hundred yards into the bay.

There were no reports of injuries or additional damage.

The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency says Saturday that vigorous lava eruptions are continuing in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens. There is no curfew.

CNN reported Sunday that the residents chose to remain in the area despite warnings from Hawaiian officials that lava would cut off evacuation routes.

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Lava flow erupted from fissure 8, photographed during HVO's early morning overflight today.

He told reporters on Monday that temblors are almost continuous at the summit and that gas emissions remain "very high".

The shelter at Pāhoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly.

Motorists are advised to expect delays and to drive with caution as heavy machinery will be in the work area.

An eruption community information meeting will be held at the Pāhoa High School cafeteria this evening, Tuesday, May 5, at 5 in the evening.

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Seven people were cited Saturday for loitering in a disaster zone, and they will have to appear in court, Hawaii officials said. Police on Monday said a man sped through a checkpoint near an intersection where lava was approaching.

Kilauea Lava Flow Rolls Into Sea at Kapoho Bay