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Eruption of Kilauea Iki
Description: Eruption of Kilauea Iki volcano in Hawaii in 1959

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Clip #: TFA-45E
Year: 1959
Color: Color
Sound: Silent
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1950s
Region: South Pacific
Country: United States
State: Hawaii
Subject: Volcanos
Original: 16mm
Eruption Kilauea Iki volcano Hawaii 1959 lava fire destruction explosion molten river

n August 1959, a swarm of deep earthquakes was detected by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. In October it was indicated by seismographs that the summit of Kilauea was filling with new magma. Between September and November over 1,000 earthquakes were detected. On November 14, the activity increased as magma made its way to the surface and erupted at 8:08 p.m. local time. A fissure opened up through the south wall of Kilauea Iki and began to fill up the crater with a lava lake. A lava fountain was spewing lava 60-80 meters by November 17. This formed a new cinder cone, named Pu Pua (gushing hill).

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