Lava nearing Halekamahina Loop less than a mile away from Highway 137

Lava nearing Halekamahina Loop less than a mile away from Highway 137

You can see the orange glow of the lava lighting up the night sky, this is coming from fissure 17 it erupted near Halekamahina Loop on Sunday, the County says it is now about a half mile away from highway 137.

It is moving about a hundred yards per hour.

The concern is if it will reach highway 137. Governor Ige and county officials are already preparing for that scenario and thinking of alternate routes just in case.

“We do know that its important to maintain transportation so that the residents would be able to go to work and take whatever actions they need to try to get back to some sort of sense of normalcy,” Governor Ige said.

This is a fluid situation and could change at any moment.

This is a Civil Defense Message for Monday, May 14 at 4:40 in the afternoon.

Hawaii Fire Department reports that fissures in the southeast area of Lanipuna Gardens area are issuing high levels of Sulfur Dioxide gas at this time. Residents in the area and surrounding farm lots on Pohoiki Road near Lanipuna Gardens are advised the air quality is condition RED. Condition RED means immediate danger to health so take action to limit further exposure. Severe conditions may exist such as choking and inability to breathe. This is a serious situation that affects the entire exposed population.

Due to the toxic gas hazard in the affected area, the following are issued:

Leaving the area of SO2 inundation is the best way to protect yourself and your family.
Seek medical attention if severely affected.

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