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Crater collapse causes lava explosion on Hawaii's Kilauea

Crater wall collapse sends lava, debris spewing into the air on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano

Crater collapse causes lava explosion on Hawaii's Kilauea

HONOLULU (AP) -- Molten lava and rocks went flying through the air on Hawaii's Kilauea (kih-luh-WAY'-uh) volcano after an explosion caused by the partial collapse of a crater wall.

The U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says the collapse Sunday triggered a small explosion, spreading lava and debris around the rim of the crater.

The explosion happened on Kilauea's Halemaumau (hah-LE'-mah-oo-mah-oo) Crater.

Video of the event shows a wall of rocks falling into a lava lake that has been rising over the past week. The USGS says fist-size chunks of rock were thrown onto the closed Halemaumau visitor overlook.

The area has been closed since 2008 when the lava lake formed, and no one was injured.

A magnitude 3.6 earthquake was felt in the area early Monday morning, according to the USGS.


Updated : 2021-09-26 23:40 GMT+08:00