This is an eruption and lava flow information update for Tuesday March 17th at 8:00 AM.

This morning’s assessment continues to show very little activity in the down slope areas.   Small breakouts continue to be observed approximately 8 miles upslope and nearer to the summit area. All current activity does not pose an immediate threat to area communities. The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency and Hawaiian Volcano Observatory are maintaining close observations of the flow and residents and businesses down slope will be informed of any changes in flow activity and advancement.

Smoke and vog conditions were moderate to heavy with a light south wind blowing the smoke and vog in a northeast direction.   In addition a light inversion was noted and causing the vog and smoke to settle over the areas of lower Puna through Hilo.  Conditions are expected to improve as the morning heats up and the inversion breaks up.  Smoke and vog conditions may increase in some areas and individuals who may be sensitive or have respiratory problems are advised to take necessary precautions and to remain indoors.