We are fielding questions and concerns regarding the recent activity at Kilauea Volcano located on the southeast corner of Hawaii Island. There is lots of sensational media coverage of the event. Most residents and visitors are not impacted or threatened by the current activity. We are monitoring the situation closely and receiving updates from Hawaii County Civil Defense.
There is no impact to the area of Kona in west Hawaii and no impact to the diving conditions. All Jack’s Diving Locker charters, tours and classes continue to run uninterrupted. The affected community is located near Pahoa in the Puna District on the east side of Hawaii Island. At the summit of Kilauea Volcano, the Halema’uma’u crater is expelling steam and gas plumes as the lava level drops within the crater. At the same time, the Lower East Rift Zone, in the Puna District, is where fissure eruptions are taking place and the lava is flowing into the ocean. The area is approximately 25 miles from Hilo and over 100 miles by from Kona or Waikoloa. Most visitors do not visit this part of the island and there is no threat to Hilo, Kona, Waikoloa, or Kohala from the current eruption. Hawaii’s west side is also shielded by the massive volcanic mountains of Mauna Kea, Hualalai and Mauna Loa.
There have also been questions regarding the air quality. The reported high levels of Sulphur dioxide gas are confined to an area near the eruption site. The lava has reached the ocean and when it mixes with sea water this creates hazardous gas emissions called “laze”. Vog is volcanic haze and is blown by the wind up the Kona Coast. Hazardous gases dissipate before the vog reaches Kona. Increased eruption activity from Halema’uma’u crater may temporarily increase the vog in the Kona skyline. For those who have breathing issues like asthma and/or are sensitive to air pollutants, we suggest the following sites to monitor air quality in your area.
There is no way of predicting the future of the eruption and it is important to remember that Kilauea Volcano has been erupting for 35 years. Up to date information about all aspects of the eruption may be found at Hawaii Country Civil Defense and Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website. Local news has been more accurate in their reporting than national news. If you have questions or concerns about an upcoming booking with Jack’s Diving Locker, please don’t hesitate to call us (808) 329-7585 or send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are some helpful links.
- Hawaii County Civil Defense: http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/civil-defense/
- Volcano Observatory: https://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/cams/
- Recent Earthquakes in Hawai’i (map and list): https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo/earthquakes/
- SO2 gas levels in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park can be monitored here: https://www.hawaiiso2network.com/
- Eruption area maps: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_maps.html
- If you are outside Hawaii check out: http://hawaiipublicradio.org or you can find “Hawaii News Now” online and on Facebook.
- Video from Civil Defense KHON 2 News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZbYyRJj2sE&t=21s
**Images from USGS taken May 22 & May 23 from Kilauea summit and fissure 22 in the LERZ**