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november, 2019

tue12nov7:00 pmAfter Dark in the ParkAfter Dark in the Park - Sixty Years Later: 1959 Eruption of Kīlauea Iki and its Impacts on Volcanology7:00 pm Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium Event Organized By: Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park & Friends of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park Regular Events:After Dark in the Park

Lava fountain shimmers across lava lake in Kilauea Iki Crater

Event Details

Just after 8 p.m. on November 14, 1959, a fissure erupted on the south wall of Kīlauea Iki Crater. Within a day, multiple vents along the fissure had consolidated into one main vent. Over the next five weeks, lava fountains gushed from the vent in 17 separate episodes, flooding the crater with a lava lake about 135 m (440 ft) deep. Lava fragments falling from the high fountains also formed a cinder-and-spatter cone named Puʻu Puaʻi (gushing hill) on the rim of Kīlauea Iki. Three days before the eruption ended on December 20, 1959, lava blasted 580 m (1,900 ft) above the vent—the highest lava fountain ever measured in Hawaiʻi. Join Don Swanson, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist emeritus, as he talks about this remarkable eruption and how it stands apart from all eruptive activity at Kīlauea since then.

Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series, sponsored by the Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

Free (park entrance fees apply)

Photo courtesy USGS – Hawaiian Volcano Observatory