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Lava Floor

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This is an animated GIF of the collapse of the Pu'u 'O 'o Crater Floor on March 5, 2011.


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Collapse of the Pu'u 'O 'o Crater Floor on March 5, 2011
Video showing the collapse of the Pu'u 'O 'o crater floor on March 5. The video starts at 4 am and ends at 11 pm. The floor of the crater dropped about 115 meters (377 ft) in just a few hours.