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Collapsing wall at Halemaʻumaʻu Crater

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Part of a wall at Pele’s home in Halemaʻumaʻu Crater collapsed two days ago and triggered an explosion within the molten lava lake.  The lake is 31 feet below the level of the crater’s edge and the explosion sent up a cloud of ash and lava splatter. wall-collapseNo one was hurt, as people aren’t allowed inside the crater, but people standing around the rim captured some good video and photos. Pele is getting restless!