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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park reaches fourth week of closure

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HAWAII NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii -

Most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will remain closed due to increased earthquakes, volcanic ash, and continuing explosions from Halemaumau, the crater of the Kilauea Volcano. 

Currently, ash and earthquake damage is visible in the park. Picnic tables, roads, and overlooks are covered in layers of acidic volcanic ash. Hundreds of shallow earthquakes beneath the summit of Kilauea have damaged park buildings, park roads, and water lines as well.The park also remains without running water. 

Over the recent weekend, over 500 earthquakes in a 24-hour period were reported by the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) - the most ever recorded by HVO scientists.

"Unfortunately, there's no way to tell when we can reopen the Kilauea section of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We'll only open when it is safe to do so and we will need to assess, make repairs, and clean up," Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando said. 

While two-thirds of the park has been closed since May 11th, people are still welcome to visit the park's Kahuku Unit. However, the area may be affected by poor air quality depending on wind direction. 

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