Kilauea East Rift Zone - lava heads to the ocean - photo by Bruce Omori / Paradise Helicopters 18May 2018 / 5:45 am - Kilauea's east rift zone overflight
This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, May 19 at 11:00 in the evening.
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows. Flow front #1 has crossed Highway 137 at the 13-mile marker and has entered the ocean. Flow front #2 is approximately 400 M from Highway 137. Highway 137 is closed between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road. Kamaili Road is closed between Highway 130 and Highway 137. All persons are asked to stay out of the area.
The lava has entered the ocean. Be aware of the laze hazard and stay away from any ocean plume.
- Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air.
- Health hazards of laze include lung, eye and skin irritation.
- Be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.
The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.
Kilauea East rift zone - the advance of the lava between May 18th and 19th, 12:15 pm - USGS thermal images - The position of the lava front at 6:40 pm is indicated by a red circle. The temperature in the thermal image is given in a gray-white value scale, where the brightest pixels indicate the hottest areas.