Strongest earthquake since the Kilauea volcano swarm started, Hawaii - Fissure eruption started May 3, 2018

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Update 05:24 UTC:

An eruption has commenced in the Leilani Estates subdivision in the lower East Rift Zone of Kilauea Volcano. Shortly before 5 pm, lava was confirmed at the surface in the eastern end of the subdivision. Hawaii County Civil Defense is on scene and coordinating needed response including evacuation of a portion of the Leilani subdivision.
Residents of the lower Puna District should remain alert, review individual, family, and business emergency plans, and watch for further information about the status of the volcano. Hawaii County Civil Defense messages may be found at http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts/.

Recent Observations: New ground cracks were reported in Leilani Estates late this afternoon. White, hot vapor and blue fume emanated from an area of cracking in the eastern part of the subdivision. Spatter began erupting shortly before 5 pm. HVO and the County of Hawaii are on the ground and conducting overflights to further identify characterize activity and identify the direction of flowing lava.

Hazard Analysis: Areas downslope of the erupting vent are at risk of lava inundation. At this time, the general area of the Leilani subdivision appears at greatest risk. The opening phases of fissure eruptions are dynamic. Additional vents and new lava outbreaks may occur and at this time it is not possible to say where new vents may occur.

A steam / Ash plume is also rising from the Puu Oo vent but that is NOT the location of the rifteruption

Update 21:36 UTC: Official HVO report from a bit after the M4.6 earthquake (10:30 HST)
At 10:30 HST, ground shaking from a preliminary magnitude-5.0 earthquake south of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō caused rockfalls and possibly additional collapse into the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater on Kīlauea Volcano's East Rift Zone.
A short-lived plume of ash produced by this event lofted skyward and is continuing to dissipate as it drifts southwest from Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō. Anyone downwind may experience a dusting of ash.
At this time, the 10:30 earthquake has caused no other changes at Kīlauea Volcano. HVO will continue to closely watch monitoring data for any changes.
HVO has field crews working along the rift zone at this time. HVO will post additional information and photographs later today.

Update 21:21 UTC:  As we are also following volcanoes we have been watching eventual eruptive signs but none of it so far.
We will keep this page open and will add additional information if something important happens in the eastern part of the island.
Current alert level of the volcano is Orange.
Some parts of the park have been closed earlier today.

Update 21:05 UTC: shaking map shows a max light shaking

Update 20:55 UTC: The strongest earthquake so far since the crater floor collapsed.

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 4.6

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2018-05-03 10:30:56

GMT/UTC Time : 2018-05-03 20:30:56

Depth (Hypocenter) : 6.9 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Leilani Estates, Hawaii May 03 23:06 2.8 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Leilani Estates, Hawaii May 03 22:17 2.6 7 MAP
USGS Leilani Estates, Hawaii May 03 21:57 2.5 0 MAP
USGS Leilani Estates, Hawaii May 03 21:37 2.7 4 MAP
USGS Leilani Estates, Hawaii May 03 21:12 2.6 0 MAP
USGS Leilani Estates, Hawaii May 03 20:55 2.8 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Volcano, Hawaii May 03 20:36 2.8 3 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Hawaii May 03 20:30 4.8 10 MAP
USGS Volcano, Hawaii May 03 20:30 5.0 6 MAP
EMSC Island Of Hawaii, Hawaii May 03 20:30 4.7 20 MAP
USGS Fern Acres, Hawaii May 03 20:30 4.6 6 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Pahoa - Quick jolt
  • Mountain View hawaii - Moderate shaking
  • Keaau Hawaii - Moderate shaking
  • Hilo - Approx 30 seconds, a rolling motion with several "jumps." No damage. About 10:42 AM
  • Keaau, HI - House shook twice
  • Na`alehu - Only noticed for about 7-8 seconds. Very light rolling/shaking motion. Whiteboard hanging from structure was shaking.
  • USGS Leilani Estates, Hawaii May 03 20:15 2.6 0 MAP
    USGS Leilani Estates, Hawaii May 03 17:44 2.6 0 MAP
    USGS Leilani Estates, Hawaii May 03 17:17 2.8 6 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Leilani Estates, Hawaii May 03 16:14 2.5 3 MAP
    USGS Leilani Estates, Hawaii May 03 15:54 2.5 3 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Leilani Estates, Hawaii May 03 14:49 2.5 5 MAP
    USGS Leilani Estates, Hawaii May 03 12:00 2.5 1 MAP
    USGS Leilani Estates, Hawaii May 03 09:55 2.5 5 MAP
    USGS Volcano, Hawaii May 03 09:22 2.9 2 MAP
    EMSC Island Of Hawaii, Hawaii May 03 09:22 3.6 9 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Leilani Estates, Hawaii May 03 09:22 3.6 9 MAP
    EMSC Hawaii Region, Hawaii May 03 07:10 3.2 3 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Leilani Estates, Hawaii May 03 05:14 2.5 4 MAP
    USGS Leilani Estates, Hawaii May 03 04:26 3.1 1 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Hawaii Region, Hawaii May 03 04:26 3.1 1 MAP
    USGS Leilani Estates, Hawaii May 03 04:06 3.0 3 MAP
    EMSC Hawaii Region, Hawaii May 03 04:06 3.0 3 MAP
    EMSC Hawaii Region, Hawaii May 03 03:36 3.2 0 MAP
    USGS Leilani Estates, Hawaii May 03 03:36 3.2 0 MAP
    USGS Leilani Estates, Hawaii May 03 03:35 3.0 3 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Leilani Estates, Hawaii May 03 03:07 2.7 4 MAP
    USGS Leilani Estates, Hawaii May 03 02:45 2.9 0 MAP
    EMSC Hawaii Region, Hawaii May 03 02:45 2.9 0 MAP
    USGS Leilani Estates, Hawaii May 03 02:08 2.5 5 MAP
    USGS Leilani Estates, Hawaii May 03 01:46 2.5 7 MAP


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