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With Hawaii Volcanoes NP closed by eruptions, fears of tourism losses spew forth too

Over the past few weeks, Hawaii residents have witnessed one of their state’s top attractions turn into a serious concern for the tourism industry. The eruption of Kilauea, a volcano located in the lower Puna area on the southeast corner of the island of Hawaii — also known as the “Big Island” — began on May 3, sending lava rivers into the ocean and ash plumes 30,000 feet into the air near the town of Hilo.

The eruptions activated a “code red” warning from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, and most of the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park — the park that is home to Kilauea, and the state’s biggest attraction — has been closed to visitors since May 11.


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