Explosion column from Halemaʻumaʻu Crater on the morning of May 13, 1924

Posted on May 25, 2014

Ninety years ago this month, Kīlauea was exploding

For some 20 days starting May 11, 1924, more than 50 explosive bursts, each lasting a few minutes or less, spread ash across the eastern third of the island, from Hilo to Makuʻu to beyond Pāhala. Blocks weighing up to 12 tons fell around Halemaʻumaʻu. Truman Taylor, a young accountant from Pāhala, was killed by a falling rock near today's Halemaʻumaʻu parking lot, and others, including the national park superintendent, suffered minor injuries. It was indeed a month very different from any since! Click here for details from Hawaii's Volcano Observatory.