Update: 10:20 am
The Executive Director of the Visitors Bureau of the Island of Hawaii today revealed the mystery faced by his agency in the midst of the Kilauea outbreak. "We know what people are going through in Leilani Estates, and we do not want to be callous and reckless in our message and advertising for the island," he said.
The CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, George Szigeti, said that Kilauea is being monitored around the clock to provide the public with the most up-to-date information. He noted, however, that the island of Hawaii is "immense" and much of the island remains untouched by the volcano.
The number of cracks that occurred during the eruption of the East Rift Zone is 15, while the number of lava-covered acres is 117.38. The lava destroyed 36 buildings, of which 27 were houses.
Leilani Estates residents are allowed to check their property from 7am to 6pm. daily until further notice. However, you should always be prepared to evacuate. Access to Lanipuna Gardens is still limited due to hazardous volcanic gases.
The emergency water restrictions for the Pohoiki, Vacationland and Kapoho areas are still in force as staff work to restore service. Water connections near the entrance to Lava Tree State Park and a water anchor in Vacationland remain available to the public.
The Kalapana Transfer Station is closed until further notice. The Pahoa Transfer Station on Apaa Street is open 7 days a week from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
The break during the active eruption of splashes and lava along the lower east of Kilauea volcano The Rift Zone continued overnight.
However, earthquake activity and soil deformation continue and further eruptions around the Leilani site are likely, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. The earthquake activity concentrated overnight on the eastern side of the existing cracks in the Leilani stands, which continue to release high sulfur dioxide levels.
At the top of the Kilauea Volcano, the deflation tendency continues and the seismic frequency remains elevated. A steady cloud of steam rises from the observation deck. Scientists expect occasional rock falls into the exhaust air to cause occasional low ash emissions, although higher ash emissions are possible
VOLCANO, Hawaii >> Warnings that the volcano Kilauea causes boulders and ashes to launch from its summit crater People to rethink their plans to visit Hawaii Island.
But most of the rest of the island is free of volcanic hazards and local tourist officials hope travelers will recognize the Hawaiian island is ready to welcome them.
Rachel Smigelski-Theiss is one of those who have changed their course. She had planned to visit Kilauea's peak with her husband and 5-year-old daughter and stay in Volcano, a town a few miles from the crater. Now they have canceled their trip. She is worried that possible flight interruptions could drive her away on the island.
"My equivalent – and I come from South Florida, where we have hurricanes – is literally driving us into a hurricane," she said
Hawaii officials spent a busy month with it Travelers to ask to keep their plans while dramatic images of natural disasters that bombard the islands, television and social media feeds
In April, flooding on the island of Kauai were made travelers nervous. Last week it was Kilauea Volcano that sent 2200 degree lava through the cracks into the backyards of the Leilani Estates. As Kilaueas magma shifted underground, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake shook the Big Island.
There have been frequent aftershocks since the quake. More than a dozen cracks of lava have opened in the ground. In addition to the plight of the 36 destroyed structures, there were 26 houses.
And now scientists warn that it could come within weeks to an explosive eruption at the summit crater.
Tina Neal, responsible scientist at The Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory of the US Geological Survey, says that geologists do not expect the summit outbreak to be life-threatening as long as people leave the national park. Volcanoes and other nearby communities may be covered by pea-sized fragments or pollinated with non-toxic ashes, but they are not expected to be hit by large boulders, "said Robert Hughes, owner of Aloha Junction Bed and Breakfast in Volcano.
he had "tons" of cancellations since Wednesday, when geologists first warn of the explosive eruption.
But Hughes, a 45-year-old inhabitant of the village of about 2,500 people, suspects that he will soon hear from the adventurers and the photographers I want to experience the eruption first-hand.
"I'm not too worried about that because I've lived here for so long and experienced many different episodes," Hughes said.
The city, located in lush rainforest a few miles from the crater, is a popular overnight stop for park visitors.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park's decision to close today due to the risk of an explosive eruption will discourage travelers, said Janet Coney, Mana Ger's office at Kilauea Lodge, an inn in Volcano. The lodge, which has 12 rooms and 4 cottages, had a handful of cancellations. Coney expects more, depending on what happens.
The CEO of Hawaii Tourism Authority, the agency that distributes Hawaii to the world, said Kilauea is being monitored around the clock to provide the best information to the public. But George Szigeti noted that the Big Island is "immense" and much of the island is untouched by the volcano.
Like the city of Kamuela, home to huge cattle ranches and Hawaiian cowboys, called Paniolo. The coffee farms on the Kona side of the island, which is more than 100 miles from where lava erupts. There is also the night sky visible from the 13,803-foot summit of Mauna Kea, the highest peak on the island and home to some of the world's most advanced telescopes.
Ross Birch, the executive director of Visitor Information Center of Hawaii Island officials "go the fine line."
"We know what people are going through in Leilani Estates, and we do not want to be callous and reckless in our message and advertising for the island," he said. At the same time, tourism is the largest industry on the island and people's livelihoods are dependent on visitors, he said.
"We want to make sure everyone is still working and people have jobs to go back to," Birch said.