Lava update: Flows still entering ocean, gas levels remain high

  • Lava continues to enter the sea at two locations Monday morning. During the morning's overflight, the wind was blowing the "laze" plumes along the shoreline toward the southwest. Photo courtesy of Volcano Helicopters.
  • Aerial view of erupting fissure 22 and lava channels flowing southward from the fissure during an early morning overflight on Monday. View is toward the southwest. Photo courtesy of Volcano Helicopters.

KAILUA-KONA — Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported at 8:30 a.m. today that eruptive lava activity at multiple fissures continues with two flows entering the ocean.

The observatory’s scientists also said a small explosion occurred at 12:55 a.m. at Halema’uma’u crater at Kilauea’s summit. It produced an ash plume that reached about 7,000 feet. The ash was carried by the wind to the southwest.


Due to the volcanic activity, Hawaii County Civil Defense provided the following information:

• Gas levels remain high. Take actions to limit further exposure.

• All schools are currently open this morning.

• County, state and federal officials are working together to monitor the situation and take action to ensure the safety of surrounding communities.

Due to hazardous conditions from lava and fires, the following policies are in effect:

• Highway 137 is closed to all traffic between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road.

• Kamaili Road is closed to all thru traffic. No stopping, this is a high sulfur dioxide area.

• Everyone is asked to stay out of the area.

Due to the lava entry at the ocean, the following policies are in effect:

• Access to the area is prohibited due to the laze hazard.


• Stay away from any ocean plume. The plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.

• The U.S. Coast Guard is actively monitoring the area. Only permitted tour boats are allowed in the area.

  1. metalman808 May 21, 2018 9:49 am

    When Kalapana was being over runned by lava. Why were they taking tourist by the bus loads to walk out on the lava to go right up to the flow and watch it go into the ocean. Even the locals were going with their families. Laze and all. But now everything is NO CAN.
    We can. But you no can.

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