Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to close due to threat of explosive eruption

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park announced Wednesday that it would temporarily shut down on Friday due to the danger that the Kilauea volcano could soon send boulders and ash shooting from its summit crater in an explosive eruption. The last such event occurred nearly a century ago. Scientists said Wednesday the risks of an explosive summit eruption will rise in coming weeks as magma drains down the volcano’s side toward a residential area where lava already has seeped out of fissures in the earth, destroying 36 structures, including 26 homes. “It seems pretty safe to me right now but they’d know best,” said one park visitor from Canada. “We don’t know what’s going on underground.”

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