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Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 03/ 7/2011

Kilauea volcano erupts in Hawaii (Video and photos)

By Melissa Bell
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Lava pours from the Pu'u O'o vent on Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. Scientists say the Pu'u O'o crater floor has collapsed and an eruption occurred along Kilauea's eastern rift zone. (AFP/Getty Images)

The Kilauea volcano has unleashed a new round of fiery lava onto the island, but it is not a new eruption. Rather, the volcano has been erupting consistently since Jan. 3, 1983. However, a new vent has opened up in the volcano, thanks to a collapse of the crater's bottom. The new vent allowed for lava to spray 65 feet into the air.

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Scientists say the Pu'u O'o crater floor has collapsed and an eruption occurred along Kilauea's eastern rift zone. (Tim Wright/AP)
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The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says that after a fissure broke out about 5 p.m. Saturday, lava was seen erupting up to 65 feet high. (Tim Wright/AP)
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(Tim Wright/AP)

By Melissa Bell  | March 7, 2011; 10:18 AM ET
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Comments

Cool! I've seen the flows before, but not anything shooting 65 feet into the air! Jealous of friends living on the Big Island who might get to see it!

Posted by: DadRyan | March 7, 2011 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I've seen that volcano before as it seemed to be oozing lava, but it would've been very cool to see an actual eruption!!! I truly hope there were no crazies near the lava flow when the new eruption occurred like there were when I visited....

Posted by: shadeau | March 7, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Not to worry about "crazies" near the lava flow. I live here, and you can't get near the flow due to the incredible heat given off. Even in the 2nd picture showing the helicopter, they'd be able to feel the heat...or warmth as you'd be foolish to get any closer. I think I felt two small earthquakes in the early morning hours, so there's definitely life in this event.

Posted by: bigisle | March 7, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

bigisle lives there. All right. I had a condo there, in Waikoloa, for 11 years, visited Kilauea three times. Even went up in a helicopter once, when they still allowed it, and yes, you can feel the heat through the floor as the helicopter descends over the flow! I must have been crazy to do it, but it was an unforgettable experience. They would let you walk on the flow until the heat got too bad, since it was oozing rather than flowing.

Posted by: swhite21 | March 7, 2011 8:19 PM | Report abuse

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