Big Island Volcano Attracts Visitors

USA Today is reporting that an eruption on the east rift of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano, which began Saturday, has created lava spatters of up to 65 feet--and, according to a National Park Service statement, has boosted visitation to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

While the eruption has caused the closure of Chain of Craters Road, a campground and coastal trails in the area, the park's most popular regions remain open and another eruption that has been ongoing for years is visible from several viewing areas.

Air-tour companies have added some flights to accommodate demand, says a spokeswoman for the Big Island's tourist office, although a 1,500-foot temporary flight restriction has been imposed around the eruption.


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