After 2 days of earthquakes and cracks indicating magma was moving down the Lower East Rift Zone, the first fissure opened in Leilani Estates at about 5PM HST, Thursday, May 3, 2018.
Big Island News posted a 10PM video update with video footage accompanying a May 3 civil defense advisory:
Leilani Estates is about 11 miles downrift from Pu’u O’o, in the Puna District.
Maps, Videos (including drone video), INFO…
- Drone video of erupting fissure posted on Facebook by Jeremiah Osuna went viral. Shortly after this, FAA banned drones in area to protect emergency services.
- Map: USGS May 4, 8AM Map shows locations of first 3 fissures in Leilani Estates. (To find up to date maps of fissures, see HVO Current Maps or Search Form).
- USGS Video Flyover of fissure, active from 5 to 6:30PM.
- Article: May 5-6 Hawaii News Now news report on “A look at what led up to the Kilauea eruptions on the Big Island” with video.