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Aerial Footage Shows Collapsed Floor in Hawaii Volcano Crater

The U.S. Geological Survey released new footage of the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater in the eastern rift zone of the Kīlauea volcano in Hawaii on May 12, after the crater’s floor collapsed on April 30.

The floor collapsed after magma drained to the east along the east rift zone, the U.S. Geological Survey said, adding that researchers estimated the deepest part of the crater was 350 meters (1150 feet) below the crater rim.

The survey noted over the weekend that fresh fissures have been appearing in the area as lava continues flowing from the volcano; evacuations in the area are still in effect and dozens of homes have been destroyed.

This footage was filmed on May 11.

Video Credit: U.S. Geological Survey via Storyful