New fissure opens in Lanipuna Gardens

  • USGS
    A Monday morning view of fissure 17, still erupting and supplying lava to a flow that was still advancing.

According to Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, a new fissure has opened in the Lanipuna Gardens Subdivision northeast of fissure 19.

The narrow lava flow from fissure 17 is still moving slowly toward the ocean at approximately 20 yards per hour. There are no homes or roads threatened at this time.

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Due to the volcanic activity, the following are issued:

• As of 8:30 a.m. the state Department of Transportation reopened Highway 130 from Malama Street to Kamaili Road to local traffic after an inspection today showed the roadway is currently safe. A checkpoint is located on Highway 130 by Pahoa High School.

• The state Department of Health reports hazardous emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas from fissures are especially dangerous for elderly, children/babies and people with respiratory problems. SO2 can be carried with wind, or, cover an area with no wind.

• Residents of Lower Puna are advised to be on the alert to gas emissions.

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• As of 8:30 a.m. the state Department of Transportation reopened Highway 130 from Malama Street to Kamaili Road to local traffic after an inspection today showed the roadway is currently safe. A checkpoint is located on Highway 130 by Pahoa High School.Highway 132 is closed at Pohoiki Road intersection.

For up to date information go to http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/2018-lava-map.