Pele, the goddess of fire, is working on some additions to the Big Island of Hawaii. New Kilauea volcano activity over recent days has resulted making the island even bigger, but not from new lava flowing into the sea. This time it is from a new dike that is spreading apart. The southeast coastline is now an inch or so bigger as a result. The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has road and area closures due to increase in earthquakes and the new volcano activity. . Here are the current park closures as reported at the park’s official web site:
Park Advisory – June 19, 2007 4:32 p.m.
Road and Area Closures Due to Current Seismic and Volcanic Activity on Kilauea Volcano’s Upper East Rift:
1. Four miles of Crater Rim Drive are closed - from Jaggar Museum to the Chain of Craters Road junction (due to extraordinarily high concentrations of sulfur dioxide gas issuing from Kilauea’s summit caldera).
2. Chain of Craters Road and Hilina Pali Road are closed.
3. The park’s eastern boundary in the Puna district near Kalapana is closed.
4. All east rift and coastal tails are closed.
5. Pu`u `O`o is closed – effective today, the Department of Land and Natural Resources has closed the Captain’s Drive Trail.
Portions of the park do remain open including the visitor’s center, Thurston Lava Tube, and Crater Rim Drive.
To read more about the latest activity, check out these articles from the Honolulu Advertiser and KGMB: