Museum’s fate uncertain as crater grows

HILO (AP) — Officials say the Volcanoes National Park museum might not reopen because erupting Kilauea volcano could make the site unusable.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports artifacts from the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum were being removed last week as park staff observed a number of cracks inside.

Park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane says the building, which also houses the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, hasn’t been structurally assessed but there is concern that it could slide into the volcano’s growing summit crater.

Ferracane says the volcanology museum might not be safe to reuse even if it’s spared from destruction.

The site was built in 1927 and offered views of the lava lake inside Halemaumau crater.