tue23jan7:00 pmAfter Dark in the Park - January 23, 2024Volcano Awareness Month: A Brief History of Kīlaueaʻs Southwest Rift Zone7:00 pm(GMT-10:00) Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium


(Tuesday) 7:00 pm(GMT-10:00)


Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Event Details

Volcano Awareness Month: A Brief History of Kīlaueaʻs Southwest Rift Zone

Kīlauea’s Southwest Rift Zone has shown increased earthquake activity during the fall of 2023. What is known about this region and eruptions that have occurred there over the past 200 years or more? William Ellis, an English missionary, provided the first written documentation of this area, including the “Great Crack” and the 1823 Keaīwa eruption. Older eruptions, such as those from the Kamakaiʻa Hills around 1815 have evolved chemistries not typical of Kīlauea. Other Southwest Rift Zone eruptions occurred in 1868, 1919 – 20 (Maunaiki), September 1971, and December 1974. Join USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist Drew Downs as he discusses these topics and more.

When: January 23 at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium

Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s ongoing After Dark in the Park series of programs and USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s Volcano Awareness Month.

Event is free, however your suggested $2.00 donation helps support park programs. Park entrance fees apply.

For information, call (808) 985-6011.

Program co-sponsored by Friends of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.