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Landslide Temporarily Closes Section of Chain of Craters Road

March 17, 2014

Park rangers at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park closed a section of Chain of Craters Road below Kealakomo due to a landslide beneath the Hōlei Pali that covered one lane on Sunday, March 16. The entire road reopened Monday afternoon after the road crew removed large boulders and slabs of pāhoehoe and ‘a‘ā lava with a backhoe and dump truck. No one was hurt in the incident.

A Park Ranger stands next to the landslide on Sunday, March 16, 2014. NPS Photo/Talmadge Magno

A park ranger stands next to the landslide on Sunday, March 16, 2014. NPS Photo/Talmadge Magno.

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Heavy equipment operator Herbert Botelho uses a backhoe to clear the road. Herbert removed approximately 100 cubic yards of lava rock and debris from the roadway. NPS Photo/J.Ferracane

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The park’s road crew relocated the material via a large dump truck

Looking up the Hōlei Pali

The rock slide material contained ‘a‘ā and pāhoehoe lava from the Mauna Ulu eruption, 1969-1974. NPS Photo/J.Ferracane

Although the closure was expected to last into Tuesday, the Road Crew (Herbert, Jon, and Ricky) worked quickly and effectively so that visitors could enjoy exploring Chain of Craters Road in its entirety by 3 p.m. Monday. Great work, guys!

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