Lava continues; disaster relief, free health care available

  • Lava enters the ocean in the vicinity of Vacationland, producing a vigorous laze plume. (USGS photo)

The eruption along Kilauea volcano’s lower East Rift Zone that started May 3 continued with fissure No. 8 continuing its vigorous production of lava late Sunday, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Lava continued to flow into the ocean at Kapoho Bay, producing a large laze plume, according to a recorded Civil Defense message.

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An ash eruption equivalent to a magnitude 5.2-earthquake occurred at about 6:26 a.m. at Kilauea’s summit, officials said. The resulting ash plume was blown to the southwest, affecting people in Volcano and Ka‘u.

A disaster recovery center remains open daily at Keaau High School Gymnasium from 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Free medical care, including health screenings, dental, optometry services and more, will be offered on nine days this month, starting today, as part of Tropic Care 2018, also at Keaau High School.

The Oahu-based 1984th U.S. Army Hospital will conduct the two-week operation in cooperation with the state Department of Health and Hawaii County.

The event is for people of all ages; no identification or insurance is needed. Services will be provided from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Tuesday, June 22-28, and June 25-28. Free food will be served to children ages 3-18. Breakfast is from 7:45-8:15 a.m. and lunch noon-12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A free legal clinic is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. June 23.

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Food trucks will be on-site for food purchases throughout the event, which is open to the public, not just those displaced by lava.

For more information, contact the public health nurse at 974-6035.