East Rift Zone Eruption Monday 7/30/18 4:00 PM

This is a Civil Defense message for Monday, July 30 at 4:00 in the afternoon. 

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that earthquakes continue at Kilauea summit and fissure 8 continues to erupt lava into the perched channel, sending flows to the ocean at Ahalanui and creating a large laze plume. This morning, HVO field crews report low lava levels in the channel and no overflows. The margin of the flow at the ocean entry has not advanced and remains approximately 500 feet from the Pohoiki boat ramp. 

State Highways reports no new cracks on Highway 11, but requests motorists between mile marker 28 and 32 stay on the pavement, be alert for changing roadway conditions, and drive with caution. Motorcyclists and bicyclists should proceed with extreme caution.

**Note: Tomorrow, July 31, from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm, Hawaii Police Department will be shutting down Highway 11 between Kukui Camp Road and North Kulani Road in Mountain View for investigative purposes. No traffic will be allowed in either direction during this time.**

The following guidelines remain in effect: 

Check all utility connections of water, gas, and electricity for potential damage from earthquake activity.
Do not access the active flow field due to extreme hazard. Be aware that channel overflows and other breakouts are possible on the active flow field.
The ocean entry continues to produce a “laze” plume. Take precautions and stay out of the plume to avoid exposure to hydrochloric acid and glass particles, which can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs.