LERZ4 (Lower East Rift Zone) is a group of three individuals located in the very heart of Puna, in Leilani Estates of the Big Island. We are located about 45 minutes outside of Hilo, Hawaii
Leilani Estates is the location of the 2018 flow which consisted of 24 fissures erupting out of the groups with spouts of lava shooting as high as 300 feet into the air. Numerous daily earthquakes created huge cracks and ground defamation in resident yards, as well as monster cracks in the roads. The ground first opened up on May 3rd. Lush, green land was very quickly turned into acres of black tephra as well as raging rivers of lava. The residents experienced at least $800 million dollars in damage. Volcanic gas (SO2) and daily earthquakes forced the evacuation of populated areas and destroyed houses, roads and utilities. By August 7, 13.7 square miles of land and over 700 home structures had been covered by lava flows. About 873 acres of new land was created near the ocean. By mid-August, the lava flow had significantly slowed. No lava activity has been recorded after September 4, 2018 in Leilani Estates.
While most of Leilani Estates experienced forced evacuation, three members of the LERZ4 made an intentional decision to remain in Leilani Estates during the active flow assisting with protecting properties, rescuing animals and reporting the daily changes made by the active lava flow. We now want to share those personal stories with you.
Groups are welcome. Families with children are encouraged to participate and experience touching the lava, be amazed by huge cracks across acres of property and hear the stories of those who experienced the dramatic emotions of the 2018 lava flow in Leilani Estates.