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VMAP - Vog Measurement

 The Vog Measurement and Prediction Project (VMAP) provides real-time vog forecasts. With the help of our project collaborators vog forecasts are available to the public through this web site. Comments and inquiries can be directed to the appropriate contact. We welcome constructive comments from all VMAP users, and strive to provide the best possible service consistent with our mission and resources. Inquiries into actual measured values and concerns regarding hazardous conditions should be directed to the appropriate agency such as the Hawaii State Department of Health. The VMAP website is intended to be complementary to the data provided by other state and federal agencies. 

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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. 

How to Prepare for Ash Fallout

 GUIDELINES ON PREPAREDNESS BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER AN ASHFALL 

Civil Defense Updates

Civil Defense Update - 5/23/18 at 930 AM

 A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

This is a Civil Defense Message for Wednesday, May 23 at 9:30 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports eruption activity continues in the Lower East Rift Zone. Several fissures are still very active, fountaining lava and spanning about a mile along the rift from Leilani Estates to Lanipuna.

Frequent ash emissions continue at the Kilauea summit, resulting in plumes less than 8,000 feet high. Take action to avoid exposure to ash.

Due to continued volcanic activity, the following is provided for your information:

  • County, state, and federal partners are working together to monitor the situation at Puna Geothermal Venture and will continue to work on the wells.

Due to increased gas emissions in the Lower East Rift Zone, the following policies are in effect:

  • Hawaii County, state Department of Health, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are working together to increase air quality monitoring activity.
  • New equipment will be added throughout the Rift Zone to monitor for hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide. No hydrogen sulfide has been detected at this time.
  • Information gathered from the monitors will be used by Civil Defense and first responders to provide updates to the public.
  • Residents can learn more about current sulfur dioxide emission levels and forecasts by visiting the University of Hawaii’s Vog Measurement and Prediction Project website.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

Civil Defense Update - 5/23/18 6 AM

 A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

This is a Civil Defense Message for Wednesday, May 23 at 6:00 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports eruption activity continues in the Lower East Rift Zone. County, state, and federal partners are working together to monitor the situation at Puna Geothermal Venture.

Government departments alongside PGV will continue to work on the wells.

Hawaii County Fire Department, state Department of Health, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continue to monitor the air quality in the Lower East Rift Zone.

County of Hawaii, American Red Cross, and other agencies continue to ensure pet-friendly shelters are open and support services are available if residents need to leave their homes.

To sign up for alerts, visit the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency’s website.  

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Civil Defense Update - 5/22/18 at 6 AM

 A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

This is a Civil Defense Message for Tuesday, May 22 at 6:00 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows.  Fissure 6 reactivated last night and has been erupting since around midnight.  The flows from Fissure 6 are slowly flowing closer to PGV property.

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

  • At this time this situation will be closely monitored.  There is no immediate threat to any of the wells at PGV.
  • Due to the laze hazard at the lava ocean entry stay out of the plume.

Due to hazardous conditions, the following roads are closed and all are asked to stay out of the area:

  • Highway 137 is closed between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road. 
  • Kamaili Road is closed to all thru traffic. 

An eruption community information meeting will be held at the Pahoa High cafeteria on Tuesday, May 22 at 5:30 in the evening.

The residents of lower Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help by avoiding the affected areas if possible.  Thank you for your understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense.

Civil Defense Update - 5/20/18 at 12 Noon

 A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

This is a Civil Defense Message for Sunday, May 20 at Noon.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows. Two lava flows have entered the ocean off Highway 137 near MacKenzie State Park. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported that sulfur dioxide emission rates tripled down wind of the rift today. Areas of Kamaili, Seaview, and Malama Ki have elevated levels. Take action necessary to limit further exposure. 

Due to the lava entry at the ocean, the following policies are in effect:

  • Access to the area is prohibited due to the laze hazard.
  • Stay away from any ocean plume. The plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard is actively monitoring the area. Only permitted tour boats are allowed in the area.

Due to hazardous conditions from lava and fires, the following policies are in effect:

  • Highway 137 is closed between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road. 
  • Kamaili Road is closed to all thru traffic. No stopping, this is a high sulfur dioxide area. 
  • Everyone is asked to stay out of the area.

The residents of lower Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help by avoiding the affected areas. Thank you for your understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense. 

Video May 18, 2018 - Fire and Fury

Video by Mick Kalber and Hot Seat Hawaii

Civil Defense Update 5/17/18 6 PM

New outbreak at Ho'okupu south of Leilani Ave. 


Courtesy of Andrew Hara

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

Andrew Hara

USGS Update, May 13, 2018

Update from USGS regarding the recent new fissures, and update from Kilauea

Map Showing Area of Eruptions

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Drone footage captured over Leilani Estates

Byron Matthews Drone Footage 5/11/18

Leilani Estates Lava Damage

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