Eruption in Leilani Estates subdivision, Kīlauea Volcano

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The intrusion of molten rock into the lower East Rift Zone of Kilauea Volcano reached the surface in the late afternoon on May 3 in a part of Leilani Estates. 

A fissure about 150 m (492 ft) long erupted mostly spatter and intermittent bubble bursts for about 2 hours. Lava did not travel more than a few m (yards) from the fissure. Hawaii County Civil Defense is coordinating needed response including evacuation of a portion of the Leilani subdivision. USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory deployed geologists to the eruption site overnight, and other scientists are monitoring various data streams telemetered to the observatory 24/7. Check the Kilauea webpages for new information (updates, photos, maps). Updates will be sent out as new information is gathered and as new outbreaks of lava occur.