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. Bellabiv Devot

    Doesn't Captain Planet still take care of this stuff?

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

      He was laid-off due to budget cuts.

      August 5, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jessicaber

    So my 6 year old and I are wondering does Hawaii still have active volcanos?

    August 5, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      Yes, the big island itself it still home to quite a bit of active volcanism.

      August 5, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan Clark

      Are you SERIOUS?!?!? This volcano is IN Hawaii.... did you read the story?!?!

      August 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • SB

      Jessica, this is a perfect time to teach your child the right way and the wrong way to use the internet for research. The wrong way: asking that question on the CNN forum. The right way: type the question into your favorite search engine. Teach her that questions like this already have answers, and that the 'Net helps those who help themselves.

      August 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • dburbach

      Yes, they are some of the most active actually. Also don't take what others say about your question personal. If you want to find out more go to, they have an interactive map that allows you to find out more info.

      August 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Heyzeus

    Actually Hades just consumed Amy Winehouse's soul and had a little gas. No worries folks.

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

      They tried to make me take some tums and I said no, no, no.

      August 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zeus

      Now that was just stupid

      August 5, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee


      August 5, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. King Kamehameha III

    Just another day in paradise. 🙂

    August 5, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • dburbach

      Amen brother. Amen.

      August 5, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. steepe

    Maybe, they can stoop the flow with the miltray

    August 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • bubbalou

      I used to have a neighbor named Jason Miltray. Is that the one you're talking about? Small world.

      August 5, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      What's the "miltray" got to do with stopping a lava flow?

      August 5, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Sorry, I meant the "stooping" of the lava flow.........

      August 5, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bugmenot

    Bend over and I will show you a rind-less pineapple.

    August 5, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Daria Olsen


    August 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Steveo

    The Pu'u O'o crater is not at the summit, it's on the flanks (rift zone) of the volcano. Ill-informed journalist.

    August 5, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Maui Wowee

    Just curious – does Hawaii still have active volcanos?

    August 5, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tiabear

    I think lava is pretty. All the different colors and shapes.

    August 5, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Meki60

    Hey Gore, they are definitely going to need some carbon credits for this puppy. Better order a new set of forms for someone to apply. Lets see, maybe the taxpayers, but wait we pay in the end anyway.

    August 5, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Karen Bramblett

    I just got back from Oahu and walked up Diamondhead...What island was this one on?

    August 5, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      The island of just got back from Oahu and don't understand the geography of the Hawaiian islands?

      August 5, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dave in SC

    "Lave closes National Park."

    Mother Nature beat the Republicans to the punch.

    August 5, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gumby

    @Steepe. Put the bong down. Take a break. You've had enough.

    August 5, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BOB

    I guess this was just a "Hot Topic". lol

    August 5, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
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