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Don’t let lava stop you from visiting Hawaii

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The images are downright apocalyptic. With plumes of ash and glowing lava, the area around Mount Kilauea looks more like Mordor than a tropical paradise. 

That hasn’t been great for tourism. National Park System economist Lynne Koontz told the New York Times the local economy is losing $455,000 per day.

Still, if you’ve got a plane ticket to Hawaii, there’s no need to cancel your trip — you’ll be fine. 

First of all, the Big Island of Hawaii is, well, big. The volcano is erupting on a tiny corner of an island that measures more than 4,000 square miles, which is more than double the area of the entire state of Delaware. Most of the big resorts are in Kona, on the island’s west side. That’s about 100 miles from the volcano.  Read more…

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This fiery video captures Mount Etna's magical oozing lava

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Italy’s Mount Etna is still fired up. The Sicilian volcano has been spewing lava and belching ash on and off for nearly three months now.

After the latest eruption on March 16, fiery-hot lava began flowing down the volcano’s slopes. The video shown above captures the flow only two days later.

But as Mount Etna reminded visitors, lava is best viewed from afar. The brilliant red lava recently caused an explosion when it hit snow on the mountainside, injuring 10 people and catching groups of tourists by surprise, the Associated Press reported. Read more…

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