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Kīlauea Eruption Risk Assessment

The Pacific Disaster Center prepared the Kīlauea Eruption Risk Assessment for Hawaii County as an in-kind service following the 2018 Kīlauea eruption.  

The document identifies both volcanic multi-hazard exposure and vulnerabilities – such as access to transportation, socioeconomic status and household composition – for residents in or around lava zones 1 and 2 on Kīlauea and Mauna Loa.

The KERA will be followed by a more detailed volcanic risk assessment with results organized by Community Development Plan districts.

The island-wide volcanic risk assessment will examine the exposure of people, property, critical facilities/lifelines, environmental resources and cultural assets to the volcanic hazard. These results will then be used to inform the update to the County General Plan, County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan and Kīlauea Recovery Strategic Plan.


Research papers/USGS

 Eruption map 2018 (2)