Steam explosion occurs, HVO warns to be aware of ash fallout throughout Ka’u

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has reported that a steam explosion occurred at the Kilauea summit early Wednesday morning, and advises to be aware of ash fallout throughout Ka’u.

Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume. Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and at the ocean entry continue to be very high.

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Due to volcanic and air quality conditions, the following guidance is given:

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

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• You can monitor the latest air quality measurements through the University of Hawaii’s Vog Measurement and Prediction Project, through the line on our Civil Defense website.

• A community meeting on volcanic ash and vog will be held at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday at the Ocean View Community Center.