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Little change in Kilauea eruption as heavy vog blankets south, interior of Big Isle

  • Video of the lava ocean entry during a June 9 overflight of the lower East Rift Zone. The main steam plume marks location where the primary lava channel enters the ocean.
    USGS
  • This timeline of maps provided by USGS shows the progression of lava from May 4 to June 5, 2018.
    Video by Sarah Domai / Honolulu Star-Advertiser
  • Field crews conducted a helicopter overflight of the braided lava channel in Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone today, around 6:30 a.m., looking for spillovers.
    Video courtesy USGS
  • U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

    Fissure 8 lava fountains continued to reach heights of 130 to 150 feet, Wednesday, from within the growing cone of cinder and spatter, which was about 130 feet at its highest point.

  • U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

    The lava flow from fissure 8 entered the ocean at Kapoho on Thursday, as seen in a Sentinel 2 satellite image.

  • U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

    The ocean entry is most active in the Vacationland area (the southern portion of the lava delta), Tuesday morning, with multiple small lava streams spilling into the water, producing many small laze plumes.

  • U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

    A steam plume rose from where lava entered the ocean off of Lower Puna this morning.

  • U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

    The view of Halemaumau crater at 7:20 a.m. today. A moderate quake was followed by another explosive eruption at the summit early this morning.

  • U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

    New land is formed by lava from Kilauea Volcano where the bay and village of Kapoho once stood. The new coastline, following the ragged lava-ocean interface, is approximately 1.3 miles in length.

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Lava from Kilauea Volcano flowed in and around Pahoa on Sunday.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Volcano activity on Kahukai Street on Monday in Leilani Estates.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Photographers recorded fissure 8 activity on Kahukai Street on Monday in Leilani Estates.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Photographers recorded fissure 8 activity on Kahukai Street on Monday in Leilani Estates.

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UPDATE: 7:30 a.m.

The Kilauea Volcano eruption continues with little change this morning but those on Hawaii island may notice a blanket of heavier vog today.

The southern and interior parts of Hawaii island will likely get the heaviest vog today, though it is expected to make its way to Kona over the weekend, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory officials said.

A Disaster Recovery Center, located at the Keaau High School Gymnasium, is scheduled to open ay 8 a.m.

THURSDAY, JUNE 14

6 p.m.

Big Island residents who suffered damage or losses from the recent Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes can now register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency:

>> A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open Friday at 8 a.m.

>> The DRC is located at Keaau High School Gymnasium and will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

>> People can register for assistance at the DRC, as well as have many of their questions answered.

>> FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and state and county government agencies will be present at the center.

Shuttle buses will run on the following schedules:

Route 1 — Keaau Armory and Keaau High School parking lot to Keaau High School gym. Continuous shuttle every 20 minutes.

>> 7:30 a.m. – Keaau Armory

>> 7:35 a.m. – Keaau High School parking lot

>> 7:40 a.m. – Keaau High School gym

>> 7:50 a.m. – Armory

>> 7:55 a.m. – Parking lot

>> 8 a.m. – Gym

>> 8:05 a.m. – Parking lot

>> 8:10 a.m. – Armory

Continuous until 9 p.m.

Route 2 — Pahoa Community Center to Keaau High School gym. Continuous shuttle every hour.

>> 7:30 a.m. – Pahoa gym

>> 7:35 a.m. – Pahoa Community Center

>> 8 a.m. – Keaau High School gym

>> 8:35 a.m. – Pahoa Community Center

>> 9 a.m. – Keaau High School gym

For a list of the information you need to bring with you, or if you want to register online, go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

2:30 p.m.

Heavier vog is expected to blanket the interior and southern parts of the Big Island, wrapping around to Kona through the weekend.

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

Leilani Estates West of Pomaikai Street is open only to residents with official credentials.

11 a.m.

Fissure 8 lava fountains today were observed shooting to heights of 200 feet from within the rowing cone of cinder and spatter, which is now about 160 feet at its highest point, according to Hawaiian Volcano Observatory officials.

The ocean entry of lava in Kapoho remained fairly broad and fissures 16 and 18 continue to ooze lava.

6:45 a.m.

Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized lava flow, which is entering the ocean and producing a large laze plume, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense. Gas emissions from both the ocean entry and the fissure eruption are also very high.

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

The shelter at the Pahoa Community Center is open and is pet-friendly. However, the Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity.

4:45 a.m.

Another small explosion occurred at the summit of Kilauea early this morning and was precipitated by a moderate earthquake. However, no tsunami was produced.

The magnitude-5.3 quake struck at 3:19 a.m. at a depth of 0.5 kilometers and was centered 3.8 miles west-southwest of Volcano, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. No serious injuries were immediately reported.

The summit explosion produced an ash plume that rose to 6,000 feet.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13

6 p.m.

The National Weather Service reports light winds will bring vog inland and to the south, wrapping around to the Kona area. Meanwhile, the heavy vog conditions are expected to remain until early next week.

4 p.m.

Lightweight volcanic glass fragments from fissure 8 continue to fall downwind.

Residents are urged to minimize exposure to these volcanic particles, which can cause skin and eye irritation similar to volcanic ash.

10:20 a.m.

Lava from fissure 8 continues to power spectacular fountains and the flow pouring into the ocean at Kapoho Bay.

Fountain heights of 130 to 140 feet were observed overnight from fissure 8, according to officials at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, and a “towering” steam plume was seen at the ocean entry point during this morning’s overflight.

The sporadic lava spattering from fissures 16 and 18 has diminished, although they continue to glow at night.

Changing wind conditions may bring vog to the central, southern and western areas of Hawaii island.

6:45 a.m.

Fissure 8 is continuing to produce a large channelized flow entering Kapoho Bay, which is producing a large laze plume, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense. Gas emissions from both the fissure eruption and the ocean entry are still very high.

There will be a community meeting on volcanic ash and vog at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Ocean View Community Center.

4:45 a.m.

A moderate earthquake shook the summit area of Kilauea Volcano early this morning. However, no tsunami is expected.

The magnitude-5.3 quake struck at 3:39 a.m. at a depth of 0.3 kilometers and was centered 3.7 miles, west-southwest of Volcano, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

“No tsunami is expected,” the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. “However, some areas may have experienced strong shaking.”

The quake was followed by another explosive eruption at the summit. The accompanying ash plume rose to around 5,000 feet and drifted southwest bringing possible ashfall downwind, the USGS said.

No serious injuries were immediately reported.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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