Accessed on 27 May 2018, 0431 UTC, Post #572.


Email from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


During the current Kilauea Volcano eruption and the lava flow emergency impacting Lower Puna, Hawaii radio amateurs should monitor the VOAD Repeater (146.70 MHz, 100 Hz tone) and the 40 meter interisland net frequency of 7.088 MHz (LSB).  These frequencies can be use to send emergency traffic should the eruption worsen.

Here’s the current East Rift Zone eruption update from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency:


6:03 PM (20 minutes ago)
to kh6jrm

A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, May 26 at 6 in the evening.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports the lava flow in Leilani Estates has crossed Pohoiki road slightly north of the HGPA site. The flows to the South continue to enter the ocean near MacKenzie State Park. Lava is now covering 2,372 acres, or 3.7 square miles.

Halemaumau crater is producing small bursts of volcanic ash.  The ash is slowly being pushed downwind, southwest into the Kau District.  Volcanic gases, vog and ash emissions may increase in areas down wind of the vents. Areas along Kamalii Road are experiencing elevated levels of sulfur dioxide.

Due to the volcanic activity, the following policies are in effect:

  • Take action to limit further exposure and be prepared to leave the area with little to no notice if necessary.
  • Ash fallout may cause poor driving conditions.  Drive with extreme caution, or pull over and park.
  • Residents close to the active eruption must remain alert to changes in the flow direction, and are advised to prepare for voluntary evacuation should their areas become threatened.
  • Stay alert for warnings from Civil Defense officials.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

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Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio notes:

If you live in the area impacted by the current eruption and lava flows (Lower Puna), please consider evacuating at the earliest opportunity.  Lava has crossed Pohoiki Road and Highway 132, leaving much of the area cut off from surface transportation.  Be sure you have your “go-kit” and emergency supplies packed in your vehicle.  Please have your HT set to the VOAD repeater frequency (146.70 MHz, 100 Hz tone) or to any repeater frequency that remains operational.  If you have HF capability, check the 40 meter interisland frequency of 7.088 MHz (LSB) during the day.  Two Marine Corps helicopters are standing by at the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) to effect aerial rescues of stranded residents of Lower Puna.  Please listen to daily eruption updates from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency over local radio stations and through the social media.  Please stay alert and safe.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section