Kilauea Volcano Eruption Prompts Closure of Trails and Campgrounds

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Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's Big Island spewed lava 65-feet into the air over the weekend, prompting the closure of trails and campgrounds at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a popular tourist destination for adventurers and families.

"In response to the current volcanic conditions, the park has closed Chain of Craters Road and all east rift zone and coastal trails, along with the Kulanaokuaiki Campground, until further notice," reads an advisory on the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park website.

A recorded message on the park's "eruption update" phone line says that as of Monday, steam, sulfur dioxide and small traces of other volcanic gases continue to erupt from the summit.

Kilauea Volcano Eruption
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The volcano has been erupting since the early 1980s, but the collapse of the Puu Oo Crater caused the spectacular eruption on Sunday.

Parts of the park may be closed, but visitors can still catch glimpse of the volcanic activity. The park recommends the patio of the Jaggar Museum, where it may be possible to catch views of the glowing crater lake "sloshing" after sunset. Fiery lava flows can also be seen at the Kalapana View Site outside the park.

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