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Hawaii County Civil Defense Map Showing Fissures, Flows and Roadblocks

This map is updated daily. Showing Leilani Estates and surrounding area. 

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Lava Cam - Fissure 8 View

Harry Durgin is providing an excellent resource for everyone by providing a cam feed of Fissure 8 that is refreshed every 2 minutes. 


Kilauea Eruption Information Resources

County of Hawai'i has resources and information for those who need help 


Mayor Kim Issues 5th Emergency Declaration

October 30, 2018 - Click on link below to read

Fifth Supplementary Emergency Proclamaton (pdf)


Civil Defense Updates

Mayor Kim Lifts Mandatory Evacuation Order In Leilani Estates 9/8/18


Hawai`i County Mayor Lifts Mandatory Evacuation in Leilani Estates

Mayor Harry Kim is lifting the mandatory evacuation order for Leilani Estates, effective Saturday, September 8 at 9:00 a.m. The area east of Pomaika’i Street had been closed since May 31, 2018 due to lava flows and volcanic gas from the Kilauea Lower East Rift Zone eruption.

Access to Leilani Estates will remain restricted to residents and authorized personnel only. The entire flow field, including a 50-yard perimeter, remains off limits. Residents with property within the 50-yard flow field perimeter must notify Civil Defense for a waiver.

Residents returning to portions of the impacted area in Leilani Estates may experience delays of first responder services due to limited access points and road conditions.

“Leilani Estates was evacuated to preserve health and safety, and to protect residents until the hazards were reduced from the eruption” said Mayor Harry Kim. “We are happy residents can return to their homes but caution everyone to stay vigilant and be prepared as conditions can change rapidly.”

Residents moving back into their homes should take the following safety precautions.

  • Maintain awareness – Have a rapid retreat plan and monitor messages from Hawai‘i County Civil Defense and HVO. The eruption could resume at any time.
  • Consider eye and breathing protection against volcanic particulates, which irritate the eyes, respiratory system and skin. Be aware that sweeping, shoveling, or wiping the material can produce glassy dust.
  • Volcanic gases are still present around and downwind of fissures, particularly Fissure 8, and some cracks. Such emissions might take weeks or months to cease once eruptive activity ends.
  • Be aware of large ground cracks which remain on roads and across land parcels, and be mindful while walking or driving in the area.
  • Dead vegetation – Trees and other vegetation killed during the eruption may fall suddenly.

The Leilani Estates Community Center will be open on Saturday at 9:00 a.m.  Personnel from Civil Defense and the Leilani Community Association will provide information to residents returning to their homes.  For further information, please contact Kelly Wooten at Civil Defense at  or call 935-0031.

USGS HVO Updates

USGS HVO Update 10/30/18


U.S. Geological Survey
Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 9:24 AM HST (Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 19:24 UTC)

19°25'16" N 155°17'13" W, Summit Elevation 4091 ft (1247 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW

Activity Summary: Kīlauea Volcano is not erupting. Rates of seismicity, deformation, and gas release have not changed significantly over the past week. Deformation signals are consistent with refilling of the middle East Rift Zone.

Observations: HVO monitoring during the past week shows low rates of seismicity at the summit and East Rift Zone (ERZ). Earthquakes continue to occur primarily at Kīlauea's summit area and south flank (magnitude-3.8 was the largest) with continued small aftershocks of the magnitude-6.9 quake on May 4, 2018. Seismicity remains low in the lower ERZ.

In the ERZ, tiltmeters near Puʻu ʻŌʻō and farther east continue to record an inflationary trend, consistent with refilling of the middle East Rift Zone. At the summit, tiltmeters have recorded a slight inflationary trend.

Sulfur dioxide gas emissions at the summit averaged 50 tonnes/day as reported on October 24, and 75 tonnes/day at Puʻu ʻŌʻō on October 23. There was no sulfur dioxide detected by our instruments in the lower ERZ.

Hazards are still present in the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) eruption area and at the Kīlauea summit. Residents and visitors near recently active fissures and lava flows should stay informed, heed Hawaii County Civil Defense and National Park warnings, and be prepared, if necessary, to self-evacuate in the unlikely event of renewed activity. Please note that Hawaii County maintains a closure of the entire flow field and the vents and prohibits access to the area unless authorized through Civil Defense.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) continues to closely monitor Kīlauea's seismicity, deformation, and gas emissions for any sign of reactivation, and maintains visual surveillance of the summit and the East Rift Zone. HVO will continue to issue a weekly update (every Tuesday) and additional messages as warranted by changing activity.


Activity summary also available by phone: (808) 967-8862

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Lava flow maps:

Definitions of terms used in update:

Overview of Kīlauea summit (Halemaʻumaʻu) and East Rift Zone (Puʻu ʻŌʻō ) eruptions:

Summary of volcanic hazards from Kīlauea eruptions:

Recent earthquakes in Hawaiʻi (map and list):

Explanation of Volcano Alert Levels and Aviation Color Codes:


The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is one of five volcano observatories within the U.S. Geological Survey and is responsible for monitoring volcanoes and earthquakes in Hawaiʻi.

FEMA Information

FEMA has an online area for those affected by the May, 2018 Lava Flow. You can sign up online by clicking on the link below.

Click Here to Sign Up for Disaster Assistance

EPA Combined Air Monitoring Map

 This viewer has been created through the collaboration of the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency, Hawaii State Department of Health, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It is intended to provide the public with information about air quality and potential health impacts from the current eruption event. Please monitor Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency messages and alerts for eruption-related updates and specific instructions. 

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Video May 18, 2018 - Fire and Fury

Video by Mick Kalber and Hot Seat Hawaii

5/15/18 Halema'uma'u Ash Cloud

Andrew Hara

Map Showing Area of Eruptions

Byron Matthews Drone Footage 5/11/18

Leilani Estates Lava Damage