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Heavy vog covers Hilo and interior of Big Island

  • USGS

    Eruption update of Pu'u 'Ō'ō , Halema'uma'u and the East Rift Zone in Lower Puna.

  • Video by Sarah Domai / Honolulu Star-Advertiser

    This timeline of maps provided by USGS shows the progression of lava from May 4 to June 5, 2018.

  • Video courtesy USGS

    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.


    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.


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


    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.


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


    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.


    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.


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


    Volcano activity on Kahukai Street on Monday in Leilani Estates.


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

UPDATE: 11 a.m.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said no tsunami is expected from this morning’s earthquake near the Kilauea summit. The 5.4 magnitude earthquake occurred at 10:18 a.m. and likely associated with a summit eruption.

Some areas may have experienced strong shaking.

9 a.m.

Hawaii County Civil Defense reports lava has covered 5,914 acres or an area of 9.24 square miles. A total of 467 homes have been destroyed.

Officials are monitoring fissure 16 today as it oozes lava. Lava is also coming out of fissure 18 and lava from fissure 8 continues to flow into Kapoho Bay.

6 a.m.

The National Weather Service said heavy vog is blanketing the interior and southern parts of Hawaii island. It is impacting Hilo and wrapping around to Kona.

Individuals should monitor air quality and limit outdoor activities if they have breathing issues. Air quality measurements can be monitored through the UH Vog Measurement and Prediction Project at .

The Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Keaau High School Gym. Shuttles to the center leave every 20 minutes from the Keaau Armory and every hour from the Pahoa Community Center.

Friday, 5:30 p.m.

Activity continues in the lower East Rift Zone as lava fountains from fissure 8 reached heights between 100 to 130 feet with bursts up to 180 feet. The cinder and spatter cone that is building around the fissure is now about 170 feet at its highest point.

Lava is flowing through a well-established channel from fissure 8 into Kapoho Bay. Fissures 16 and 18 continue to ooze lava.

Pele’s hair and other lightweight volcanic glass fragments from the lava fountain at Fissure 8 continue to fall downwind of the fissure. High winds may carry lighter particles to greater distances.

12:15 p.m.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said no tsunami is expected from this morning’s earthquake near the Kilauea summit. The 5.3 magnitude earthquake occurred at 11:57 a.m.

Some areas may have experienced strong shaking.

11:30 a.m.

Although lava fountain heights from fissure 8 reached up to 200 feet overnight, the eruption, in general, has changed relatively little in the past few days.

Lava continues to flow through the channel from fissure 8, making a fairly broad entry into the ocean at Kapoho, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Volcanic gas emissions remain very high from the fissure 8 eruptions.

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.


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

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.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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