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. MarciaMarcia

    Wait did I read this correctly? Lava came out of an active volcano? Who woulda thought?

    March 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Michele

    I am going to visit Hawaii in May for my birthday! I can"t wait!!

    March 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dr. Silverstone

    Does anyone at CNN bother to proofread for grammar?

    March 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dustin Dedman

    Here is the article and hopefully the video

    March 7, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ed bailey

    Not only is Reagan down there, this is the results of a poker game with Nixon and the devil and they are all accusing the other of cheating!

    March 8, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. getreal

    Where is the EPA, Environmental Wackos, Global Warming nuts??????? Everyone of the volcanoes by themselves is blowing more "stuff" up into the air than all pollution man has ever made since time began!!!! Get a Life. Sorry your "religion" iis bogus!!

    March 8, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
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    Why do you people bother to post anything at all? Your all stupid as me. LOL

    March 13, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
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