Crater collapse sends lava spewing from Hawaii volcano
Lava spews into the air along the fissure between the Pu'u 'O'o and Napua craters.
March 7th, 2011
05:47 AM ET

Crater collapse sends lava spewing from Hawaii volcano

Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano was shooting as high as 80 feet in the air Sunday after the collapse of the floor of the volcano's Pu'u 'O'o crater a day earlier.

Hawaii Volcano Observatory scientists said the floor of the crater dropped 377 feet over almost three hours on Saturday  and a fissure developed between the Pu'u 'O'o and Napau craters on Kilauea.

The lava lake on Kilauea's summit has drop since the collapse, scientists said in a press release Sunday.

The volcano observatory was set up a webcam to provide updated still images of the erupting fissure and the Puu Oo crater.

Kilauea is the youngest volcano in Hawaii and perhaps the world's most active, according to the volcano observatory. The current activity is a continuation of an eruption that began in 1983.

Kilauea, the home of Hawaii's goddess of fire Pele, has erupted 34 times since 1952.

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  1. ConsumerPig

    Here we see proof positive of the urgent need to rescind longstanding environmental protections and cripple the EPA. The earth belching fire? Don't you see? This planet is out to get us. We'd better do unto it before it does unto us...

    And now let us pause for a brief prayer. "Our Reagan, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name..."

    March 7, 2011 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Joseph

      I can't believe the Wesboro fanatics don't jump at the chance to protest here.

      March 7, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Dude you're totally wrong there. The government could stop earthquakes, lava flows, and generally make everything all better if we just give them more power and drop another trillion on a union pet project! Get real man, this is the home state of the glistening one we're talking about here. If he can't do it then nobody can. He should go wave his hard earned nobel peace prize at it. That would totally do the trick.

      March 7, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrea M

      Actually they can. Since the town of Hilo is so close to the volcano, they've done it before. Basically you get a bunch of fire hoses and such, point them at the lava flow and push start. They managed to hold it off before.

      March 7, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • irene

      Get real. Nature wins over government intervention any time. I can't believe you want to blame this on Obama – just like the illegal wars that bankrupted our country, GITMO, The economic collapse of 2008, etc.... Get over your hate brah' – it's misplaced and really ugly!

      March 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • McLuhan

      Can't we spend more on the STAR WARS missle defense system? I'm sure with the right marketing campaign, using Rove and the like, we could get Colin Powell to convince the US that the Lava is a threat to our airspace!

      March 7, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Joesixxpack

      @Joseph: Shame those Westboro bottom feeders weren't there amongst the flying lava. 😀

      March 7, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • j

      reagan is probably in

      March 7, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Reagan is definitely in hell.

      March 7, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • and here we see a


      March 7, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • LaRofromNorthAL

      Dude. The planet's been out to get us from the start. It's not like volcanoes are something new in geology.

      March 7, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. Reagan gasmaps

    Pricing around the nation. Are regions with lower pricing a form of "whiskey for votes?" EXAMINE THE REAGAN WHO CREATED THE TRICKLE HEAVENS MAPS of heaven. Ann arbor michigan must be a truly difficult petrol delivery...or is it those Tea party taxes? The cost of beer is more consistant than the price of water. In fact.. Beer is cheaper than water.. How is that possible? Lol.

    March 7, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
    • bam

      stop giving tax exemptions to religious bsginizations..... stop taking money out of our Hands for these fantasies

      March 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dawn

    I don't understand why CNN uses a meteorologist to discuss the events occurring at Kilauea volcano when there are any number of GEOLOGISTS who could actually explain what is going on. CNN did this also for the Christchurch earthquake two weeks ago.

    March 7, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Holly

      Agreed. NZ hasn't gotten 1/8 the coverage of Hati.

      March 7, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • jendlfy

      vulcanologists would be more appropriate.

      March 7, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Klaatu

      @ Jendify

      Where is Spock when we need him?

      March 7, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      A while back, CNN disbanded and dismissed its excellent science reporting team. Possibly their meteorologists are now the most science-savvy persons on the CNN staff now. Sad.

      March 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      It's a shame that CNN got rid of all of their crack scientists and replaced them with Fox News sensationalist reporters.
      Before, we'd get facts, follow-up reports and in depth coverage, coverage so excellent that intelligence services globally used CNN for an information source!
      Now, we get hype and a few pictures.
      I end up having to go to the local news, including TV2 in New Zealand to track the progress of their recovery.

      March 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • angiemaria

      what else would spew from a volcano? cheese wiz? what the hell do i come to this website for? it's impulse, at this point.

      March 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • BC in BA

      "...And it looks like it's going to be a real 'scorcher' out there today..."

      March 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Apocalypse

      Earthquakes, bad weather phenomena, massive bird death and fish kill, wars and rumors of war volvanic eruptions.

      Watch out! I'm COMING!!!1

      March 9, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |

    I hope a volcano tour is on the list of activities in Hawaii. Even if lava is not shooting into the air, the national park on the big island (where you are going) is spectacular.

    March 7, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. crabman

    this country being what it is today will find a way to fine Hawaii for enviromental problems caused by this

    March 7, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • someredneck

      Yeah, who ever is responsible for that park should be fired!! How could they let this happen??

      March 7, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Klaatu

      I blame Mothra! Where is Godzilla when you need him?

      March 7, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Kraznodar

      Did you see the gas clouds? Clearly it is the smog monster.

      March 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Name*mary fox

    As I watch tv this a.m. about our economy and proposed cuts I can't help but note that no mention has been made recently about cutting back on the single most expense we have- the military. If we stopped supporting terrorists by arming every one in the world, we just might have more resources here. No one mentions corporate welfare. Multibillion international corporations are not paying any taxes. Billionaires won't invest here because of high labor costs... who do they think the middle class is? We're gutting the middle class at the same time we're ripping our safety net for the poor and elderly apart. Labor unions, while they may have gone too far in some instances, are the only thing that protect workers from tyranny by big corporations. The workers are demonized... Since when was making $45K "excessive"? At the same time when ceo's are making 400 times what their workers are making. There is major insanity and greed going on.

    March 7, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. Fast Fred

    Foolish men choose to live on Volcano....and then complain how dangerous it is.

    March 7, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Klaatu

      Joe vs The Volcano

      only this time, the volcano wins

      March 7, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Verata

      The volcano will always win.

      March 7, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrea M

      Yeah, but in Hawaii's case Madam Pele eventually gets them. When that happens you have two options, let it burn or move the building. Many people have tried to build houses in Kilauea's path and so far nobody has succeed for a long time.

      March 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Andrea, in Iceland, they DID manage to stop a volcano from consuming a town. And THEIR volcanoes are FAR less well behaved than Hawaii's volcanoes.
      It took millions of gallons of water, continuously poured on the lava, but eventually, they got it to stop.

      March 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ChiltepinRN

    @ name*Mary Fox: here here! just throw the GOP and their billionaire bedmates into the volcanos. they are killing the working class! as u said, they are gutting the middle class who carries on their backs the weight of the rich man's greed. the Koch bros and their like will take none of their ill-gotten gains with them when they die and go to hell!

    March 7, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Funny how no one ever seems to notice that the vast majority of Billionaires and corporate execs are DEMOCRATS. Soros anyone? Bill Gates? Which billionaire is republican again? Is there one? That should tell you something.

      Next time you think that the Republicans are the only party for the rich, better check your kool-aid. You want someone for the middle class, you have to go with Conservatives regardless of party affiliation. As it is, the liberals have successfully brainwashed generations of citizens into believing their drivel and you see the world around you as the result.

      March 7, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      REALLY?!?! You guys are trying to politically hijack a story about a VOLCANO? I hear Pele was an Obama supporter ... but she's also a huge advocate of second amendment rights.

      "The lava lake on Kilauea's summit has drop since the collapse" Is "drop" some crazy meterological-volcano term, if is this sentence in need of editing?

      March 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      Haha looks like I needed an editor, too.

      March 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      As I recall, Pele also endorsed Obama's birth certificate, stating that anyone having a problem with her sworn word can feel free to step up to her and discuss it.
      Really now! Politics on a story about a VOLCANO!

      March 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Robert

    Nature at work...the ever changing Earth.

    March 7, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Klaatu

      Gaia is suffering from IBS

      March 7, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. Robert

    I don't understand how an article about a volcano leads to comments about politics. Are there people that just sit around and use anything as an excuse to attack the other camp?

    March 7, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Hopeful in Houston

      I'm sure that Democrats and Republicans alike, if they would take a minute to look outside of their personal sphere of reality, would agree that the sight of the Kilauea volcano spewing forth the newest land on earth is truly awe-inspiring and has absolutely nothing to do with politics. Get OUT people, see the rest of the world! Experience the grandeur nature has to offer. Listen to people from other cultures. Be inspired by something other than hatred and fear.

      But to answer: yes, Robert, there are people who can do nothing but post political rhetoric, thanks in no small part to the 24 hour political campaign ad that is Fox News and its Australian demogogue, Rupert Murdoch.

      March 7, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • j

      not to mention the racist joke against white people.ipeople talking about the volcano saying new zealand didnt get as muuch coverage.ah poor flood earthquake victims dont have any face time in the media?mcluhan is a racist.y we talking white and black over a volcano?idiots. americas is racist because colored people didnt get enuff news coverage?ahhh,every racist was enslaved some point thru out time.ggerman vikings were almost wiped out during the crusades..u dont see germans being racist towards roman catholics.come on this racism is dum and it seems alot of black people cant get over a part of time that happened 200 some years ago and that they werent even a part of.this generation has it made compared to the each other we all under the same sun,and the same son of god

      March 7, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      And all of those poor trees in the path...

      March 7, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mark

    Six paragraphs and you can't post it without a mistake????

    "The volcano observatory was set up a webcam to provide updated still images of the erupting fissure and the Puu Oo crater."

    March 7, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • David, Los Angeles, CA

      and another mistake:
      "The lava lake on Kilauea's summit has drop since the collapse, scientists said in a press release Sunday."

      March 7, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Akamai

      Get a life! Do you have nothing better to do than look for spelling & grammar errors? Boring!!!!

      March 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. imjustme

    I truly believe this is the fault of the Republicans. They want to be in charge of everything. Gas is almost 4$ per gallon. How much money do they stand to make now that they set this volcano off if people travel to Hawaii to see it? This is NOT nature Robert...this is the Tea Party Republicans and their scandalous ways.

    March 7, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • j

      its funny u metion that..look up haarp machine

      March 7, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. NODAT1

    bring out the hotdogs or would it be slices of SPAM in Hawaii ?????

    March 7, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. Kelly67432

    The lava gods are angry that Two and a Half Men was cancelled.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Klaatu

      Actually, this is their celebration!

      March 7, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm


      March 7, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
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      March 7, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Hopeful in Houston


      March 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brewcityjr

      10,000 internets to you, my friend!

      March 12, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  15. Morbo

    Morbo is pleased, but sticky.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Klaatu

      How do you like your Hypnotoad served?

      March 7, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
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