Although seismicity decreased over the weekend, frequent tremors over the past 30 days (more than 18,000) have caused damage throughout the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Much of the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has been closed three months due to hazards caused by seismic activity released by energy from collapse events at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano.
Park rangers say those magnitude 5.0 and higher riddle Highway 11, other park roads, overlooks and trails with dangerous sinkholes and cracks. Jaggar Museum and the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory buildings are damaged and stand empty. The summit crater, Halema‘uma‘u, has more than quadrupled in size as magma drains out to the lower East Rift Zone eruption outside the park. READ MORE