Declared Disasters

Volcanic activity in Kilauea crater could result in an explosion that sends an ash plume into the atmosphere. If you’re in the area, know what to do in case of an ashfall. Close doors and windows. Place damp towels at door thresholds and other draft sources. Tape draughty windows. Protect sensitive electronics and do not ...
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18-05-09 Supplemental Emergency Proclamation for 2018 Kilauea Eruption

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May 6, 2018 The Hawaii Department of Health is warning consumers that no mask sold in stores provides protection from the extremely dangerous volcanic gases that are being released from the current volcanic eruption. The dangerous gases consist of several different chemicals, dust, and particles of which sulfur dioxide (SO2) is the main human health ...
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May 4, 2018 2018-004C HONOLULU — While many people associate volcanoes with large plumes of smoke or ash and spectacular lava fountains, volcanic eruptions also produce toxic gasses. The recent activity in the area of Leilani Estates has resulted in dangerously high concentrations of sulfur dioxide, a gas that is a strong respiratory system Irritant ...
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