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New Fissure at Kilauea Releases 80-foot-high Lava Spatter

March 7, 2011, 9:25 AM HST
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By Wendy Osher

Photo of Kilauea Volcano courtesy USGS.

A new fissure opened at the east rift zone of the Kīlauea Volcano after Saturday’s collapse of the Pu`u `Ō `ō crater floor.  Officials with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory say the event included spattering of lava up to 80 feet in the air.

The fissure or crack is located between Pu`u `Ō `ō and Napau Crater in a remote area of the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Live views of Kīlauea’s fissure eruption are now available via a Webcam installed by the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) over the weekend. The Webcam images, which are updated every five minutes, can be accessed at

Measurements made by scientists with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory show the crater floor dropped at least 377 feet during Saturday’s collapse.

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