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Mar 6, 2011 7:55 PM by AP

Lava spews 65 feet high after crater collapse on Kilauea

VOLCANO, Hawaii (AP) - Scientists in Hawaii say a new vent has opened at one of the world's most active volcanoes, sending lava shooting up to 65 feet high.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says the fissure eruption was spotted shortly after the floor at the Pu'u O'o (PUU'-oo Oh-oh)crater collapsed around 5 p.m. Saturday. It occurred along the middle of Kilauea (kee-LAH'-wey-ah) Volcano's east rift zone.

Kilauea has been in constant eruption since Jan. 3, 1983. Volcanologist Janet Babb told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald that the fissure has expanded to about 535 yards long and that scientists were hiking into the remote area to observe the fissure and take readings.

No homes are under threat.

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