On March 5, 2011, the floor of the Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater deflated, then collapsed; above is a video of the collapse – an occurrence that stunned the world as well as the residents of Hawaii, especially with its peripheral tremors across the state. After watching the resurgence of activity foil the volcano’s hollowed out center, it collapsed, as seen in the above timelapse video.
Most Hawaii residents live in the lee of mountains which were once the edges of an enormous crater. If you have the epic privilege of living on Oahu, the most densely populated island (which hosts the main business district for the state of Hawaii and serves as the main port for most international interaction, by sea or air), you actually live on the aftermath of the process shown in this video.
Kilauea, which has been erupting since 1983, will be involved in a NASA study to monitor the Earth’s surface and create sustaining correlations across the globe. Hawaii’s air is awesomely plagued by the movement of the volcanic activity – if the wind shifts direction, the vog and ensuing respiratory problems plague Oahu.
To be alive in the time of a volcano’s eruption is surreal, considering that one of Hawaii’s volcanoes, Hualalai has erupted seven times in the last 2,100 years. You’ll have to contact Hawaii Volcanoes National Park if you want to know how they figured out that little doozy.
Daily activity can be monitored at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Not as shmanzy as a time lapse video, but still an interesting glimpse at one of nature’s fiercest forces.