Lava closes part of national park as Kilauea crater collapses
Kilauea's Puu Oo crater collapsed more than 250 feet Wednesday.
August 5th, 2011
12:38 PM ET

Lava closes part of national park as Kilauea crater collapses

The lava-filled crater in Hawaii's Kilauea volcano collapsed more than 250 feet Wednesday, according to the Hawaii Volcano Observatory.

The Puu Oo crater, which holds a lake of lava inside the cone at Kilauea's summit, last collapsed in March. Wednesday's collapse created a lava flow that split into two directions and closed a portion of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It did not affect any areas outside the park's boundaries.

Click here to see a collection of footage, photos and time-lapse video of the lava-spewing crater

According to an update from the Hawaii Volcano Observatory on Thursday night, "The crater rim remained extremely unstable, with continued collapses along the crater walls sending blocks of rock onto the crater floor."

Kilauea has been erupting continually since 1983. Hawaii's volcanoes erupt effusively, meaning runny lava bubbles up and flows out, as opposed to building up pressure and exploding violently.

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  1. yuk yuk

    Its all Puu to me.

    August 5, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chris

    I thought this was going to be about Yellowstone and almost shat myself a little bit.

    August 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • AdamAdam

      Yup, thats the thought that crossed my mind.

      August 5, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vulcanologist


      August 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • CatfishMammy

      You woulda filled you diaper up with corn, worms an dyarear!!!


      August 5, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • driranek

      If Yellowstone goes off there won't be any CNN to tell you about it. On the up side, you'll know when the sky goes black.

      August 5, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |


    August 5, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • lolwut

      Fox News must be very proud.

      August 5, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CatfishMammy

    Larva be hot like hell where da Debil live!! You bet run when you see hot larva or da Debil walking you way!!

    August 5, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nah22

      Wow. Nice racist comment.

      August 5, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Nah22 – Oh get off it. Catfish may be a goof with a lousy sense of humor but not a raciest. Where's you sense of humor?

      August 5, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • driranek

      Larva? Larva, as in baby insects? You bet I'll run if I see 'hot larva'.

      August 5, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jack weed

    I am so turned on by all that volcano knowledge think I'm going to erupt shouldn't you guys be at comicon or somthing

    August 5, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vulcanologist

      You're right! Knowing stuff about the planet we live on, how the internal cycling of the Earth is an engine that drives all of life, and having an interest in nature and the world around us IS totally dumb and nerdy. We should all be more like YOU, with a pronounced lack of interest or intellectual curiosity, living our lives in quiet tedium with no impact what-so-ever.

      You sure sorted us out! Thanks!

      August 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jack weed

    Wata bunch of dribble you morons got nothing else better to do sitting down in moms basement

    August 5, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • dude

      then why don't you get back to watching big brother and leave the important issues of the world to the grown ups.

      August 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • driranek

      What exactly are we doing different than you?

      August 5, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steveo

      It's highly amusing for you to call people smarter than you "morons" while butchering the punctuation. Well done. Another bong hit for you.

      August 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jack weed

    I'm just killing time sitting on the crapper greatly amused anyone know where I can get a darth vader rookie card??

    August 5, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bibi5

      you just wiped your dark side with it

      August 5, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Me


    August 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. joshua

    U guys should go to and pray we dont burn as written in.Zacariah 27_29 good luck on that.

    August 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lil' J.C.

      The bible is a dumb book written by semi-literate goat herders. It is of no value, expect as a collection of goofy myths. But thanks for playing, anyway.

      August 5, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. rtbrno65

    Why do Hawaiin words always sound like someone sitting on a toilet and experiencing a disappointing bowel movement?

    August 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Akamai

      @rtbrno65: Nimrod. The Hawaiian language is beautiful yet difficult to learn to speak or understand. You would never master it.

      August 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pedro's stories like these that remind me to take the news with a grain of salt. I worked at Hawaii Voclanoes NP.
    Pu'u O'o is NOT at the summit of's about 8 miles from the summit, and maybe 1000 feet lower
    in elevation. Their is no "Kilauea Crater". Their is Kilauea the summit....and Halemaumau Crater within the Caldera.....but this ain't it. It's hard to believe this hase even made the news. Stuff like this isn't rare at Kilauea. The news services just seem to pick up things at random and make a big deal out of them.

    Yeah...maybe I'm being pedantic, but when you can't even have accuracy in a short fluff piece like this, it's pretty bad

    August 5, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. KLS

    With the right mining techniques developed at the edges whose untimely collapse ruined this particular site, this magma is creating rare raw elements used in computerized technology found in everything from cars to medical scan devices. Which we apparently need more than ever.

    August 5, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • CTYank

      Very creative sounding. But at base nonsense. "Creating rare raw elements"? That's pure BS, and the domain of supernovae. Do you work for Fox?

      August 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. FoCKYouMaNG

    Wow I learned something new today. I got a question, if I stuck ny finger all the way up my nose; could I feel my brain?

    August 5, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tim

    Throw in your half eaten pineapple.

    August 5, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John B

    Don't forget kids! If you are confronted by a lava flow...always remember to duck and cover!

    August 5, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
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