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.
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A Disaster Recovery Center, located at the Keaau High School Gymnasium, is scheduled to open ay 8 a.m.
THURSDAY, JUNE 14
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.