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Portions of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to reopen next week

In previous months, continuous explosions at Halemaumau Crater sent plumes of ash into the air and triggered dozens of earthquakes. (Image: USGS) In previous months, continuous explosions at Halemaumau Crater sent plumes of ash into the air and triggered dozens of earthquakes. (Image: USGS)
VOLCANO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Portions of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will reopen next week.

On Friday, park officials said reopened portions including the Kilauea Visitor Center, the Kilauea Iki Overlook, and a stretch of the Crater Rim Trail between Volcano House and the Kilauea Military Camp.

The park closed in May amid explosive eruptions at Kilauea's summit.

But in recent weeks, those eruptions have quieted — though officials haven't said whether they believe they've stopped entirely.

The closure of the park cost the local economy some $455,000 a day, according to the governor's office.

Ben Hayes, the park's director of interpretation, has said additional repairs and openings might not occur until next year — and there's no information yet on how much those repairs will cost.

The explosions and eruptions at the summit left behind significant damage, including to the now-abandoned Jaggar Museum. 

With the park's partial reopening, officials are urging visitors to be cautious and follow official guidance

"Remember, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a wild place," the park said, in a statement posted online.

"The dramatic landscape of Kilauea is constantly being shaped by powerful and uncontrollable natural forces. Respect the dangers of the dynamic natural process happening now and stay out of closed areas.

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