HVNP to Close Friday Ahead of Potential ‘Explosive Steam Vent’

The National Parks Service on Wednesday that Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will close Friday due to the possibility of an explosive steam event and ash fall at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano.

The NPS advises the public (locals and tourists) that due to the possibility of a steam-induced explosion at the summit of Kīlauea due to the receding lava lake, an ensuing ash fall event, plus southerly wind patterns forecasted for Friday, the majority of the park will be closed Friday until further notice.

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Rangers and staff will reopen the park when it is safe to do so after doing public safety assessments.