Breaking News: Volcanic Activity on Hawaii Prompts Travel Alerts — May 2018

Two homes have already been destroyed by earthquakes and volcanic activity — which are currently occurring through cracks in the rift zone miles away from Mount Kilauea on the big island of Hawaii — and has caused hundreds of people to evacuate from their homes.

Breaking News: Volcanic Activity on Hawaii Prompts Travel Alerts — May 2018

Sulfur dioxide has rendered the air too dangerous to breathe as the explosions of lava appearing at the surface through at least three small fissure vents caused noises to be described as as loud as jet engines.

One earthquake was preliminarily measured at a magnitude of 5.7 on the Richter scale…

…but another earthquake just registered at a magnitude of 6.9 on the Richter scale 16 kilometers southwest of Leilani Estates less than an hour ago at 6:32 in the evening Eastern Daylight Time.

Approximately ten percent of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is currently closed to the public.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the big island of Hawaii over the next week or so, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to the volcanic activity which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of the affected areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

Here are two airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for both Hilo and Kailua-Kona for Friday, May 4, 2018 through Sunday, May 13, 2018; and Wednesday, May 16, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Hawaiian Airlines has issued travel alerts for both Hilo and Kailua-Kona for Thursday, May 3, 2018 through Sunday, May 6, 2018; and Sunday, May 13, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

Expect additional airlines to issue travel alerts within the next 48 hours — and if or when that happens, I intend to pass the updated information along to you.

In the meantime, be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

Source: The United States Geological Survey.

2 thoughts on “Breaking News: Volcanic Activity on Hawaii Prompts Travel Alerts — May 2018”

  1. I hope travel is back to normal by the end of June! My wife and I are headed to the Big Island… fortunately the other side, in Kona. This actually happened the last time I went to Kona too. I remember hearing warnings each day in the car radio along with VOG warnings.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Did you write an article pertaining to your experience, Ryan Kangail (Travel Freedom)?

      If so, please feel free to link it here. I would be interested in reading more about your experience.

      On a broader note, I hope that the volcanic activity calms down as soon as possible so that not only can travel resume as normal for you, your wife and other visitors; but hopefully residents will feel safe and be free of disruption once again…

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