Thursday, April 10, 2008

Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii - John Seach

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remained closed on Wednesday due to high levels of sulphur dioxide emission. The cruise ship Diamond Princess is scheduled to arrive in Hilo at 7:30 am Thursday with hundreds of passengers scheduled to visit the National Park. By mid-afternoon Wednesday 5 mph trade winds from the northeast began pushing gas emissions from the volcano away from the park's visitor center and Jaggar Museum. Civil Defense officials lowered the alert status in Volcano Village and surrounding areas from purple to yellow last night, indicating conditions were improving. This is the first time the entire park has been closed since 1982. Only a few people have evacuated from the communities around Volcano Village. Yesterday lava was entering the ocean at four locations at Waikupanaha and Ki ocean entries.
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