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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

 

CRATER COLLAPSE CAUSES LAVA EXPLOSION ON HAWAII'S KILAUEA

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Molten lava, rocks and gas went flying through the air on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano after an explosion was caused by the partial collapse of a crater wall.

The collapse triggered a small explosion, spreading lava and debris around the rim of Kilauea's Halemaumau Crater, the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says.

Janet Babb, a geologist with the USGS, compared the blast on Sunday to taking a hammer to the top of a bottle of champagne.

"You look at the bottle and you see the liquid, but you don't see the gas," she said. "There's a lot of gas in the lava. And so, when that rock fall hits the lava lake, it's like the moment you knock the top of the champagne bottle off and that gas is released and it hurls molten lava and rock fragments."

If there is a crime and the race of the criminal is not in the story, chances are he's black. If an elected official gets caught doing something naughty and his party is not identified you can be sure he's a Democrat.

If they didn't identify the gas, you can guess what it was. Climate change without man? They told me that wasn't possible.

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