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Pu‘u Pua‘i (Gushing Hill) [59]

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Pu‘u Pua‘i (Gushing Hill)

This is a view of the cinder and spatter cone formed by the November 14th 1959 eruption from the rim According the the park service trail guide, the eruption began when a “curtain” of lava burst from a half-mile (0.8 km) long fissure, or crack, in the crater wall. Within a day, multiple vents along the fissure consolidated into one main vent (an opening through which lava erupts).

The reddish brown cavity at the base was the main vent from which lava erupted.

The scale is hard to determine, but it is about 350 feet from the trail to the top of the cinter cone. The picture was taken from trail marker number six on the map:

This is a picture from the trail guide, showing the 1959 eruption:


Written by arangodan

August 27, 2010 at 8:30 am

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