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Park Watch: Beware of Kilauea

John Deiner

If you're headed to Hawaii in the next couple of days, congratulations are in order. But if your destination is the Big Island, be aware that a new eruption at the Kilauea volcano continues to cause some disruptions at Volcanoes National Park. It's the first eruption since 1982.

According to a release from the U.S. Geological Survey, "Future explosive activity is possible and the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor the activity." You can check for updates at the USGS's Web site.

As far as the disruptions go, the National Park Service reports that, "Scientists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continue to record elevated sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas levels at the summit of Kilauea volcano in an area adjacent to Halema'uma'u crater, a popular park overlook." As a result, there are a number of road and trail closures that could impact your visit to the park, including the popular trails leading to Halemaumau crater. At this time, however, most of the park remains open.

Check out the Volcanoes National Park Web site for updates.

By John Deiner |  March 21, 2008; 1:28 PM ET  | Category:  John Deiner , Travel Survival Tips
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