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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 County will use the KERA results to inform a more detailed volcanic risk assessment with results organized by Community Development Plan districts. It will examine the exposure of people, property, critical facilities/lifelines, environmental resources and cultural assets to the volcanic hazard, as well as other high hazards, such as tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, landslides, wildfires, storm surge and sea level rise.

These results will be included in a Volcanic Risk Assessment Report and will 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)