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.


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.


• 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.