An update. Last week we had the heaviest vog i've seen in Kona. Visibility was down to 4 miles or so for a few days. Don't know what meteorological conditions brought the vog in but it was like the '70s in LA. Don't think the volcano is any less active so conditions must have been weather
related. I'm on the mainland for a week but understand the vog is mostly gone and Kona is back to the typical condition of the last 35 years. As long as the winds blow in their normal 24/7/340 direction the serious effects of the volcano will be pretty much limited to the immediate vicinity of the eruption. Little consolation for those who've lost
their homes or been mandatorily evacuated to shelters or wherever.
If the rare Kona winds set in, Hilo will be under the noxious gas plume which will have a profound effect on them as they are so close to the eruption area.
Biggest negative effect is on tourism which is the life blood of our economy. Cruise
ships have crossed Hilo off their itinerary and they are stopping in Kona intermittently depending on air quality. Bookings at hotels on the Kona Coast are down. If the drop in tourism continues, that will have a much larger effect on the population of the island than those directly affected by the volcano.