Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has
reopened areas of the Big Island tourist attraction that had been
barred to visitors for nearly two weeks after hundreds of minor
earthquakes raised fears of a major eruption from a new location on
the Kilauea Volcano.
The main part of
the park, which includes the Visitor's Center, the Jaggar Museum
and the Volcano House Hotel, have been unaffected by the
Areas that have
been reopened are Chain of Craters Road, Hilina Pali Road and
Kulanaokuaiki Campground. Still closed are Puu Oo crater, the
primary source of continuous lava flow from Kilauea Volcano for two
decades, and the trails leading to it.
The sides of Puu
Oo vent are collapsing, and the crater floor is descending, signs
that the magma pocket beneath has drained away, ending, at least
temporarily, the lava flow that had drawn thousands of visitors a
day to the park for more than 20 years.
The hundreds of
small earthquakes that caused rangers to evacuate the park for a
day have ended for the moment, according to the U.S. Geological
Survey's Hawaii Volcano Observatory. Visitor attendance has been up
significantly since the park reopened on June 20, according to park
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