(Civil Defense) —
A Civil Defense Alert is now in effect for the following ares due to the uncontrolled release of hydrogen sulfide at the Puna Geothermal Venture plant in Pohoiki:
Emergency crews are responding and plant operators are woking on controlling the release and monitoring the emissions. Residents are advised to remain indoors or to evacuate the area if any discomfort is experienced. The Pahoa High School gym is currently open as an evacuation shelter for those who wish to leave the area.