Friday, March 21, 2008

Kilauea erupts with a blast!

Something's up with Hawaii's famed Kilauea (kih-luh-WAY'-uh) Volcano.

The 4,200-foot-high tourist attraction has been oozing lava in a slow-motion eruption for more than a-quarter century. Now, there's been a rare explosion at its main crater, the first since 1924.

Wednesday's blast scattered debris, including gravel-sized rocks, over a 75-acre area. Nobody was hurt, but there was some minor damage to a wooden fence.

Parts of the park have been closed to visitors. And emergency officials are making plans to evacuate nearby villages if the winds blow toxic gases in their direction.

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