Crater Collapse Sends Lava Spewing from Hawaii Volcano
Kilauea is the youngest volcano in Hawaii, and perhaps the world's most active.
Lava spews into the air along the fissure between the Pu'u 'O'o and Napua craters. (Hawaii Volcano Observatory)
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.