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The Latest: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, assessing the damage

HONOLULU – The Latest on the delay of the Kilauea volcano eruption (all times are local):

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is the advantage of a pause in Kilauea’s eruption to the rate of damage to the park.

The Park Service said in a statement Friday, a specialized team will thoroughly assess the damage of the eruption. The evaluation will form the basis of the park have a recovery plan.

Superintendent Cindy Orlando said the park is exploring the short-term repairs to be safe to reopen at least a part of the park.

Two million people visit the Big Island park each year, making it the state’s largest tourist attraction.

But the park has been closed since May because of the dangers that are caused by the eruption. That is the pain of the island’s tourism-dependent economy. The number of travelers to the island fell 4.8 percent in June from the same month last year.

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The slow down in the activity in Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has prompted scientists to downgrade their alert level for the mountain.

The U. S. Geological Survey said Friday issued a “watch” for the Kilauea soil hazards. That’s down from a “warning.”

But scientists say this does not mean that the eruption that has destroyed more than 700 homes since May is over.

Geologists say lava mostly stopped flowing on Aug. 6. There is a crusted-over lava pond in a slit cone, and only a few spots where the lava into the ocean.

The top of the volcano is not yet collapsed, since Aug. 2. Sulphur dioxide emissions are the lowest they have been since 2007.

The agency has maintained a “warning” (warning for Kilauea since May 3, when the cracks began to shoot lava out of the ground in the Big Island’s Leilani Estates neighborhood.

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