Pele’s Dance Across Lower Puna: Kīlauea Volcano’s 1955 East Rift Zone Eruption

When:
January 9, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
2018-01-09T15:00:00-10:00
2018-01-09T16:30:00-10:00
Where:
Lyman Museum
276 Haili St
Hilo, HI 96720
USA
Spatter cone and lava on Pāhoa—Kalapana Road, March 14, 1955.  HVO photo by Gordon A. Macdonald.

Spatter cone and lava on Pāhoa—Kalapana Road, March 14, 1955. HVO photo by Gordon A. Macdonald.

Matinée presentation:

In 1955, Kīlauea Volcano erupted in the lower Puna district on the Island of Hawai‘i for a heart-stopping 88 days.  The outbreak began on February 28 and was the first eruption in an inhabited area on Kīlauea since 1840.  During the eruption, at least 24 separate volcanic vents opened up and down the volcano’s East Rift Zone, with lava flows covering about 3,900 acres of land.  Coastal communities from Kalapana to Kapoho were evacuated, and sections of every public road to the coastline were buried by lava before the eruption ended abruptly on May 26.  Help us kick off Volcano Awareness Month by joining USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist Frank Trusdell and HVO photo archive volunteer Ben Gaddis as they present maps, photos, and film to describe this historic event and its impact on lower Puna communities, on either of two occasions:  Monday evening, January 8, or a “matinée” on the following afternoon, January 9.

Admission to these wonderful programs is free to Museum members, and $3.00 for nonmembers.  Please support the Museum by becoming a member, and enjoy all Saigo Series programs, all year round, at no charge!  Seating is limited; first come, first seated.  ON MONDAY EVENINGS ONLY, additional parking is available next door at Hilo Union School, Kapiolani St. entrance; park, then walk through our green gate in the rock wall

On Monday evenings, doors open at 6:30PM.  E komo mai!

 

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