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Trade winds to push vog to southern, western parts of Hawaii island

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    An aerial view of Fissure 8 oozing lava

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    Emissions rise from the Halemaumau Crater on Thursday.

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    Ash covered the surface of the exposed overlook at the Jagger Museum due to the volcanic activity within the Halemaumau crater in the background.

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    A view of the lava flow in Leilani Estates from the the Mauna Kea Visitors Center on Monday.

  • U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

    Lava roils and pours out of the fissure 8 spatter cone into the open channel.

UPDATE: 6 a.m.

The National Weather Service said trade winds will push vog to the south and west portions of Hawaii island today.

Fissure 8 continues to be active, feeding the lava channel traveling to the ocean in Kapoho, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory officials said today.

Fissure 22 is also active and producing a small flow.

Friday, 2:15 p.m.

The official total of destroyed homes from the Kilauea volcano eruption has risen to 668, Hawaii County officials said today. That is up 11 homes from the previous estimate of 657.

County officials said the new number was derived by reconciling property tax records and aerial surveys.

The Hawaii County Fire Department also conducted an aerial survey Thursday night and found that two houses were destroyed earlier that day in Kapoho Beach Lots, and a third house was lost this morning in Kapoho Beach Lots. Those three houses are not part of the official reconciled total, county officials said.

12:30 p.m.

No active overflows were observed in this morning’s helicopter overflight, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

However, the northern margin of the lava flow field is still oozing fresh lava at several points in the Kapoho Beach Lots area and several areas were seen burning on the south side of the flow and west of Highway 137, HVO said.

8:30 a.m.

A “collapse explosion event” occurred at Kilauea’s summit this morning, releasing energy equivalent to a moderate earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The explosion, which released energy equal to a magnitude-5.2 earthquake, was followed by a small ash plume from Halemaumau Crater that reached about 500 feet and drifted to the southwest, the USGS said.

No tsunami was generated.

7 a.m.

Fissure 8 continues to feed the lava channel emptying into the ocean in Kapoho.

Fresh lava is also oozing at Kapoho Beach Lots, according to Hawaiian Volcano Observatory officials.

Residents of Kapoho are not allowed access to their homes for the time being because of the close proximity of active lava, Hawaii County Civil Defense said.

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Fissure 8 continues to be active, feeding the lava channel traveling to the ocean in Kapoho, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory officials said today.

Fresh lava is oozing at Kapoho Beach Lots, and gas emissions and laze continue to be very high.

Earlier today, an explosion at Kilauea’s Halemaumau Crater rocked the summit area.

The explosive event occurred at 4:49 a.m. An accompanying earthquake measured magnitude 5.4 but did not pose a tsunami threat, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Due to volcanic activity, the following policies are in effect:

>> Kapoho residents are not allowed to enter their homes due to active lava in the area.

>> Due to frequent earthquakes, residents in the Volcano area are advised to monitor utility connections of gas, electricity, and water after earthquakes.

>> Any looting or vandalism during an emergency is treated as a felony.

>> No aircraft or drone activity is allowed within the Temporary Flight Restriction in lower Puna.

Disaster assistance is available island-wide for people and businesses that have been affected by the Kilauea eruption.

The Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., located at the Keaau High School Gym. If you need a ride, buses run between the two shelters and the center.

For more information, visit the Civil Defense website here.

Kilauea lower East Rift Zone lava flows and fissures, June 28 by Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Scribd

Given the dynamic nature of Kīlauea’s lower East Rift Zone eruption, with changing vent locations, fissures starting and stopping, and varying rates of lava effusion, map details shown here are accurate as of the date/time noted. Shaded purple areas indicate lava flows erupted in 1840, 1955, 1960, and 2014-2015. (see large map)

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