Rare explosion at Hawaii volcano

VOLCANO, Hawaii (AP) -- Something's up with Hawaii's famed Kilauea Volcano.

The 42-hundred-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.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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