Heavy vog moving north, creating poor visibility on roads

  • This Wednesday, June 6, 2018 photo from the U.S. Geological Survey shows a laze (lava haze) plume rising from the northern side of the fissure 8 lava flow margins in the former Kapoho Bay at the town of Kapoho on the island of Hawaii. As of 6:00 a.m. HST on June 6, this part of the flow front was slowly advancing through the remaining sections of the Kapoho Beach Lots subdivision. (U.S. Geological Survey via AP)

The National Weather Service reported Friday high levels of vog and sulfur dioxide from the Kilauea fissure system are moving north and wedging in the Saddle area, creating poor visibility on the roads. The National Weather Service advises drivers to drive with caution. The Big Island interior and south are expected to have increased levels of vog until tonight.

Due to volcanic emissions and changing wind conditions, the following guidance is given:

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• The Department of Health recommends limiting outside activities and stay indoors if you have breathing issues.

• Stay alert and be ready to leave the area should conditions change.

• N-95 masks that were distributed are for ash or vog particulate and will not protect from gasses or vapors, including SO2.

• You can monitor sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide on Hawaii Island by visiting the Civil Defense website or go directly to www.epa.gov/kilaueaairdata.

Due to volcanic activity, the following policies are in effect:

• The mandatory evacuation order continues for all areas of Leilani Estates, at Pomaikai Street and to the east.

• The curfew has been lifted west of Pomaikai and is open only to residents with official credentials.

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• Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road only to residents with official credentials; there is no curfew.

• Residents in these areas should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.