2018 Volcanoes Archives
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Part of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park now open 5 days a week

Updated on  May 24, 2018 at 11:05 am
The National Park Service said that its Kahuku Unit, about an hour’s drive south of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s main entrance, will now remain open five days a week, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Read More

Evacuation by air could have Lower Puna residents out in hours, official says

Updated on  May 24, 2018 at 12:35 am
An air evacuation of the portions of Lower Puna that are threatened by the Kilauea Volcano eruption could be accomplished within four hours if that becomes necessary because of damage to ground transportation routes, according to Hawaii Army National Guard commander Brig. Gen. Kenneth Hara. Read More

Volcano could dent booming tourism industry

Updated on  May 24, 2018 at 1:23 am
The only eruption Hawaii’s visitor industry had been anticipating a month ago was the possibility that the tourism juggernaut could shatter the 10-million visitor arrivals benchmark this year. Read More

Puna man ‘just wanted to live’ after nearly losing leg to lava bomb

Updated on  May 23, 2018 at 10:59 pm
The basketball-sized lava bomb that split open 57-year-old Darryl Clinton’s left ankle fired horizontally rather than shooting straight up from “one mean, nasty vent,” as he stood on a lanai talking on the phone, he said. Read More

Marines deploy 2 Super Stallion helicopters for Puna evacuation contingency

Updated on  May 24, 2018 at 10:29 am
Two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters have been deployed to Hilo by the U.S. Marine Corps in support of Joint Task Force 5-0, the military force assisting Hawaii County with the current Kilauea eruption. Read More

Geothermal plant on Hawaii island declared ‘essentially safe’

Updated on  May 23, 2018 at 12:31 pm
A geothermal well field next to a volcanic rift that is fountaining lava was declared “essentially safe” Tuesday after measures were taken to prevent uncontrolled releases of underground fluids and gases. Read More

Kilauea ashfall continues as fissure activity, volcanic gas levels remain high

Updated on  May 23, 2018 at 12:32 pm
Ash fallout is likely to occur over the Kau district and Highway 11 southwest of the town of Volcano, including the communities of Pahala, Wood Valley and Naalehu, weather officials said. Read More

Crews struggle to ‘quench’ geothermal power plant wells as lava advances

Updated on  May 22, 2018 at 2:35 pm
Workers at the Puna Geothermal Venture power plant found themselves in a race against nature Monday as they attempted to seal off a particularly troublesome, deep geothermal well while lava from Kilauea Volcano advanced from the south to a point uncomfortably close to the well pad area. Read More

Poverty, illness compound problems for Puna community

Updated on  May 22, 2018 at 2:38 pm
Malia Portia recently evacuated to escape the toxic fumes from the lava flow that is now just 5 miles from her home in Kapoho. Read More

Lava destroys warehouse near geothermal site; company says worries over lava encroachment overblown

Updated on  May 22, 2018 at 2:37 pm
A lava flow encroaching onto the shuttered Puna Geothermal Venture power plant destroyed a warehouse near the property Monday evening. Read More

Big Isle leads nation in sulfur dioxide emissions

Updated on  May 21, 2018 at 1:44 pm
On Sunday the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory issued a new Kilauea Volcano air quality warning — this time about “laze,” short for lava haze. Read More

Affordable rents will bring some Lower Puna residents back home

Updated on  May 21, 2018 at 1:44 pm
Everyone who evacuated from Lower Puna has a story about how they’ve spent the past 2-1/2 weeks since Kilauea Volcano began sending lava into their community. Read More