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A “huge unknown”: stilled closed by eruptions, Hawaii Volcanoes NP faces uncertain near-term future

HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK >> The view from the Jaggar Museum Overlook revealed the gaping maw of Halemaumau Crater, which has doubled in size over the past two months. Wisps of volcanic gases floated skyward from small vents in the crater floor, and white ash covered the barren landscape for miles around.

Fresh, jagged cracks were evident in the overlook’s lava rock walls and the bare patches of ground around the parking lot and walkways, a result of regular explosions that are occurring at the crater at roughly 24-hour intervals.



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