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Visitors flock to Kilauea’s summit, but park officials urge caution

People hoping to get a view of the new Kilauea eruption at Halemaumau Crater are flocking to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park today, but officials are urging visitors to be cautious about both the volcano and the coronavirus pandemic.

Park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane told the Associated Press this morning that the volcanic activity is a risk to people in the park.

“It’s pretty spectacular this morning,” she said, “but there are high amounts of hazardous sulfur dioxide gas and particulates and those are billowing out of the crater right now and those present a danger to everyone, especially people with heart or respiratory problems, infants, young children and pregnant women.”

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