Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to reopen next week

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to reopen next week

LOS ANGELES (Rahnuma): Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, in the U.S. Pacific island state of Hawaii, will reopen next week after being closed for approximately four months because of the eruption of Kilauea volcano, said authorities on Friday.

“We’re reopening on September 22 at 10.a.m. (2000 GMT)!” said the park in a statement posted on its official Facebook page.

The park also released a map of the roads and trails to be opened on Sept. 22 marking the U.S. National Public Lands Day, saying “if it is not listed as open, it is CLOSED and considered dangerous and off limits.”

“The dramatic landscape of Kilauea is constantly being shaped by powerful and uncontrollable natural forces. Respect the dangers of the dynamic natural process happening now and stay out of closed areas,” the park warned.

According to a press release posted on the park’s official website of the park, due to extensive earthquake damages, no vehicles over 15,000 pounds (6750 kg) will be allowed to enter the park when it reopens.

The park is preparing to reopen areas including Kilauea Visitor Center, Volcano Art Center Gallery and Kilauea Military Camp.

Kilauea volcano had been erupting nearly continuously since early May, which has prompted the closure of two-thirds of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Big Island. The volcano is one of the youngest and most active volcanoes in the world.

The cumulative expenditure loss to the tourism of Big Island inflicted by the Kilauea volcano eruption may turn out to be as high as approximately 200 million U.S. dollars, according to a study released last month by Mark Kimura, an affiliate faculty member of the Department of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

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