Volcano Hazards Gallery

KÄ«lauea and Maunaloa are both active volcanoes. Lava flows from these volcanoes originate at the summits and rift zones, and flow downhill. In 1960, the East Rift Zone of KÄ«lauea erupted adjacent to the town of Kapoho, wiping out virtually the entire town. Fred Rackle filmed the eruption.

photo of Kapoho from an airplane
Kapoho, 1960 eruption.
Fred Rackle
Fred Rackle, who filmed the event.

In 2018, the East Rift Zone of Kīlauea again erupted, this time starting in the Leilani Estates subdivision, and consumed many families’ homes in the region.

Volcano Photos

Aerial view of the Lower East Rift Zone fissure complex looking toward the southwest (uprift)
View of the KÄ«lauea Lower East Rift Zone fissure complex looking toward the southwest (uprift) during a May 28, 2018 overflight at about 1:15 p.m. HST. The small lava flows spreading to the southeast from the fissure complex (lower middle) originate in the area of between fissures 16 and 18. The channelized lava flow in upper left originates from fissure 22. (Credit: USGS)

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