22nd fissure opens; 40 homes destroyed now

  • Lava shoots into the night sky from active fissures on the lower east rift of the Kilauea volcano, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, near Pahoa, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) has reported a new fissure 22 at 9 a.m. this morning.

Several fissures have gone active with lava spatter and flow. Forty structures have been reported destroyed as of this morning.

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Due to increasing SO2, eruptive and fissure development the following policies are in effect:

• Leilani Estates evacuees must be alert to possible decreased availability of access.

• If your property is not accessible, contact Civil Defense for the possibility of escort.

• No access is allowed at this time for residents of Lanipuna Gardens due to high levels of dangerous volcanic gases.

For your information:

• Checkpoints along Highway 137, 132 and 130 are limited to resident access only.

• No trespassing. Under Emergency Provisions, any looting or vandalism during an emergency will be treated as a felony and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

• Pahoa Post Office is reopened.

To help our residents, we are distributing free masks for ash protection.

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• Distribution will continue today from 1pm to 7pm at Cooper Center and Ocean View Community Center.

• One mask per family member. Masks DO NOT protect against gasses and vapors. They will only provide filtering for ash.

  1. fishman2 May 18, 2018 7:10 pm

    40 “homes” ? I guess they are counting every dog house and garage a home.


    1. Sally J Smiley May 18, 2018 11:47 pm

      Why is that fishman2?


  2. fishman2 May 19, 2018 8:04 am

    The situation is awful enough without making it worse by exaggerating it. 40 structures is not 40 homes.


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