10:30am Volcano Update

This is a Civil Defense Message for Wednesday, May 16 at 10:30 a.m.
The National Weather Service has cancelled the Ashfall Advisory as of 8:33 a.m. Volcanic emissions from Halemaumau Crater have decreased since Tuesday evening. The NWS could reissue the advisory as conditions warrant.
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that occasional bursts of ash are coming from Halemaumau Crater, causing cause ash to fall downwind across portions of Lower Puna to include Volcano Village and Kau District. Only trace dusting of ash is currently visible on property.
• Avoid excessive exposure to ash which is an eye and respiratory irritant.
• Those with breathing issues should take extra precaution to minimize exposure.
• Motorists are advised to drive with caution.
• All roads in this area are open at this time.
Volcanic gas emissions remain elevated throughout the area downwind of the vents in lower Puna. An interruption in trade winds today means that Lower Puna, Volcano Village and surrounding areas, such as the Big Island North, South and Interior, may experience varying levels of vog and sulfur dioxide exposure. The Hawaii Fire Department reports that air quality is still condition RED around fissures in the southeast area of Lanipuna Gardens and surrounding farm lots on Pohoiki Road.
• 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.
• Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) gas from fissures are especially dangerous for elderly, children/babies and people with respiratory problems.
As a precautionary measure, residents of lower Puna are advised to be on the alert in the event of possible gas emissions and volcanic eruption. Because there may be little to no advance notice to evacuate, you should be prepared to evacuate at short notice. Take this time to prepare.
If you evacuate voluntarily, the Pahoa Community Center and Kea’au Community Center are open. Food will be provided and the shelters are pet-friendly. This is a precautionary message. We want everyone in the Lower Puna area to be ready, and to remain safe.
• The Hawaii Interagency Vog Information Dashboard has comprehensive information and data related to vog and ash hazards and impact: https://vog.ivhhn.org
County, State and Federal partners continue to monitor the situation. You will be informed of any conditions that affect your safety.
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The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time. We ask for your help and understanding.

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