UPDATE: 3:50 p.m.
Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory said a “collapse event” with energy equal to a 5.3 magnitude earthquake shook Halemaumau Crater at 2:42 p.m. today.
The events, which have become a regular occurrence at the summit of Kilauea volcano during the current eruption in lower Puna, do not post a tsunami threat.
Still, Hawaii County officials advise residents in the affected area to monitor gas, electricity, and water connections after earthquakes; to lookout for cracks in roads when driving; and to stay indoors or seek cover if ash is seen in the area.
An overflight this morning of the lava flow from fissure 8 on Hawaii island confirmed that the Kua O Ka La Public Charter School and Ahalanui Park have been covered by lava, according to Hawaiian Volcano Observatory officials.
Fissure 8 also continues to pump lava into the perched channel heading northeast from the vent toward Kapoho. Spillovers from the channel and other breakouts are possible on the active flow field, according to the HVO, which warns people to stay away from the active flow field due to “extreme hazard.”
The Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends and is located at the Keaau High School Gym.