The USGS Volcano Hazards Program have an issued a volcano alert level warning for Kilauea Volcano on Hawai’i Island (also known as Big Island) due to a volcanic eruption, producing lava and hazardous gases. Hawaii County Civil Defense have evacuation orders in place for areas of the East Rift Zone of the volcano, and have blocked off access to specific areas of the Volcanoes National Park including some major roads. Earthquakes have been affecting the region and are likely to continue.
Eruption activities are producing dangerous sulfur dioxide gas and other hazardous emissions, and explosions causing further ashfall are possible. For advice on keeping safe from volcanic ash please see the Ministry of Health’s website, the Hawaii County website, and Hawaii Emergency Management Agency advice.
We advise all New Zealanders to stay away from the affected areas as advised by local authorities, and to follow their advice including evacuation orders. Monitor local media to stay up to date with developments, including the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency website. In the event of volcanic ash clouds, New Zealanders travelling to or from Hawaii are advised to confirm their travel arrangements with their airline or travel agent directly, prior to travelling to the airport. If your travel is disrupted, ensure you keep all receipts to support your travel insurance claim.
New Zealanders in Hawaii requiring consular assistance can contact the New Zealand Consulate General in Honolulu, Hawaii on +1 808 675 5555 or via email at HLUEnquiries@mfat.govt.nz.
Reviewed:21 May 2018, 15:35
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