There have been swarms of small earthquakes hitting the upper East Rift of the Big Island’s Kilauea Volcano yesterday and today. On Sunday alone, the U.S. Geological Survey reported over 260 small quakes in the vicinity.
Many of the roads in Volcanoes National Park have been closed as a precaution, including the Chain or Craters Road. Potential dangers to sightseers, campers, and hikers can include road damage, molten lava cutting off escape access, poisonous gas venting, or brush fires caused by the lava.
Early indications are that there might be a shift in the flow of molten magma. The earthquakes could signal a change in the eruption, from lava flowing into new underground cavities in the volcano, or a new surface breakout of lava.
You can get more information on road closures from the National Park Service Website at: www.nps.gov/havo or call 808-985-6000.
If you’re ever visiting Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island, it is always a good idea to check for updates, road warnings, or any other significant activity at the Park Service’s website.