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Moderate quake shakes Kilauea summit

  • USGS

    Eruption update of Pu'u 'O'o, 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.


    The fissure 8 lava flowed in an open channel all the way to the ocean Monday morning. Kapoho Crater is the vegetated hill on the right side of the photograph. An ocean entry plume can be seen in the distance.


    Nobuhiro Kuniyoshi from TV Asahi of Japan does his telecast with a river of lava from fissure 8 behind him.


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


    The ocean entry was 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.


    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.


    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.


    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 long.


    A river of lava from fissure 8 moved toward Kapoho Bay on Thursday.


    A river of lava from fissure 8 moved toward Kapoho Bay on Thursday.

UPDATE: 9 a.m.

Seismic activity continues at the summit of Kilauea after this morning’s moderate earthquake. The fissure 8 vent is producing a large sulfur dioxide plume and also a large laze plume at the ocean entry, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Lava fountains from fissure 8 were seen to reach heights up to 200 feet overnight. The cinder and spatter cone that has been building around the fissure is now up to 165 feet at its highest point.

Free medical, dental and eye care will be available today, Tuesday and Wednesday at “Tropic Care 2018” at Kea’au High School. Additional screening days are scheduled during the coming weeks.

6:20 a.m.

A preliminary magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck the summit area of Kilauea Volcano at 6:13 a.m.

No tsunami is expected due to the quake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

Monday 5:30 a.m.

Lava fountains up to 165 feet high were seen rising from fissure 8 Sunday evening.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory officials said the lava ocean entry remained broad with laze blown onshore. Fissures 16 and 18 continue to ooze lava.

Sunday 8 a.m.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said no tsunami is expected from this morning’s earthquake near the Kilauea summit. The 5.2 magnitude earthquake occurred at 6:26 a.m., around the same time as an ash eruption.

7 a.m.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said an ash eruption occurred this morning at the Kilauea summit and generated an ash plume. The eruption happened at approximately 6:26 a.m.

The wind is blowing in a southwest direction and ash may affect areas of Volcano and Kau.

Individuals are advised to remain indoors and keep windows closed. Drivers should keep windows closed and ash fallout may cause poor driving conditions due to limited visibility and slippery roads. Drivers should proceed with extreme caution or pull over and park.

Residents should check their catchment systems for water quality after the fallout.

Saturday, 6 p.m.

Fissures 8 and 16 continue to be active today and are being monitored closely by civil defense authorities.

Please be advised of the following updates to the shuttle schedules for the Disaster Recovery Center at the Keaau High School Gym:

>> The last bus leaves the Keaau High School Gym at 8 p.m.

>> The last bus leaves the Pahoa Shelter at 6 p.m.

>> There are continuous shuttles between the Keaau Armory & Keaau High School Parking Lot to Keaau High School Gym every 20 minutes beginning at 7:30 a.m.

>> There are continuous shuttles between Pahoa Community Center and Keaau High School Gym every hour beginning at 7:30 a.m.


The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said an explosive event occurred at the Halemaumau Crater at 10:22 this morning. The explosion had the energy of a 5.3 magnitude earthquake.

Fissure 8 continues to remain active with lava fountains reaching 170 feet. Gas emissions remain high due to volcanic activity.

Winds are expected to carry vog to the central, southern and western parts of Hawaii island.

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.

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. The last bus leaves Keaau gym at 8 p.m.

>> 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

Route 2 — Pahoa Community Center to Keaau High School gym. Continuous shuttle every hour. The last bus leaves Pahoa shelter at 6 p.m.

>> 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

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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