Sixteen Explosive Days at Kīlauea, May 1924

May 20, 2024 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Lyman Museum
276 Haili St. Hilo
HI 96720

09:13 “Explosion cloud, Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii, “ 9:13 a.m. May 24, 1924. Photographer Tai Sing Loo. Ms.Grp. 2, box 10.2.Tai Sing Loo image, featured in the Honolulu Star Bulletin of May 26, 1924. Caption: “The crowd of visitors off the Haleakala and Matsonia Saturday morning witnessing an eruption from in front of the Volcano House. They were warned subsequently by Roy H. Finch, in charge of the observatory, that it was unwise to remain there.”

Evening Presentation:

In May 1924, more than 50 explosions from Halemaʻumaʻu produced volcanic ash that fell from South Hilo to South Kona.  Thousands of rocks weighing as much as 12 tons crashed to the ground in Kīlauea caldera.  Electrical storms and torrential rain accompanied several of the explosions, earthquakes repeatedly shook the summit, and Halemaʻumau doubled in width.  A century later, on Monday evening, May 20, and again on the following afternoon, May 21, Don Swanson, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist emeritus, and Ben Gaddis, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory volunteer, describe the preamble to that eventful May 100 years ago … highlight the 2 ½ weeks of explosions and their impacts on the people present … and speculate why similar explosions did not occur during the 2018 partial collapse of the caldera.

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ON MONDAY EVENINGS ONLY, additional parking is available next door at Hilo Union School,

Kapiolani Street entrance; park, then walk through our green gate in the rock wall.

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