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May 9, 2018 Leilani Eruption Aerials

Volcanic activity had slowed yesterday morning in the Leilani Estates subdivision on the Big Island of Hawaii. But late Wednesday afternoon a little after three, we received reports that the lava had crossed the road and was close to the geothermal property, and in the Lani Puna Gardens subdivision (both are to the east of Leilani Estates), and another crack had split the earth southwest of highway 130, near Kama'ili Road (the Opihikao road). There was no active surface lava in the subdivision itself as of mid afternoon yesterday... unfortunately, rainy weather prevented us from our usual morning overflight today. This overflight revealed a long line of steaming fissures. The thirteenth Leilani eruption pushed the hot rock right up to the Pohoiki Road near Lani Puna Gardens and also more in the direction of the geothermal plant nearby. Hopefully we can assess the damage from the air tomorrow morning.

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