The volcano still producing a large channelised flow which was entering the ocean at Kapoho and producing large plumes of laze – a toxic and corrosive cocktail of superheated seawater laced with hydrochloric acid and fine volcanic particles that irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs and can cause serious burns.
Noxious gas emissions from the fissure eruption and at the ocean entry point near Kapaho also continue to be very high.
A Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) spokesman said: “The ocean entry remains a hazardous area.
“Venturing too close to an ocean entry on land or the ocean exposes you to flying debris from sudden explosive interaction between lava and water.
“Also, the lava delta is unstable because it is built on unconsolidated lava fragments and sand.
“This loose material can easily be eroded away by surf, causing the new land to become unsupported and slide into the sea.”
Medical officials on Hawaii’s Big Island have also issued warnings to locals.
A Department of Health spokesman said: “We recommend limiting outside activities and staying indoors if you have breathing issues.
Roads in the area remain closed and some areas are restricted to residents only.
A number of homeowners have been told to contact Civil Defence officials to schedule an official escort to their properties to retrieve important documents and belongings.
Escorted entry is only allowed when conditions are deemed stable enough to access the area and is subject to change if conditions become unsafe.
An official said the there was currently no immediate threat but added residents should heed warnings from Civil Defence officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.
Lava was pouring into the ocean over a broader length this morning with several minor incandescent points and small plumes and two larger entries and corresponding plumes.
Pele’s hair and other lightweight volcanic glass from fountaining of Fissure 8 continue to pose a health hazard downwind of the fissure and high winds may blow lighter particles to greater distances.
HVO field crews are on site tracking the fountains, lava flows and spattering from Fissure 8 while conditions allow.