Video of the 1960 Volcanic Eruption of Kapoho on the Big Island

Part I:

In 1960, ground cracks opened up in Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii, followed by a fissure eruption. Residents had superb views of lava rivers and fountains. Unfortunately, the lava began to slowly head towards the town of Kapoho, destroying papaya fields along the way.

Homeowners had plenty of time to evacuate, but eventually the stores and homes were burned and then covered by the lava.

Video includes the photographer rescuing his car from an advancing aa flow, the Kapoho schoolhouse burning, and the formation of black sand as lava enters the sea.

Professional photographer Fred Rackle filmed the eruption with a B&H movie camera and a tripod. Decades later, he donated a narrated SVHS copy to CSAV, with permission to distribute.

Now, 50 years after the eruption, we are pleased to honor Rackle by sharing this astonishing video with the world. Visit our new Fred Rackle web page, to learn details of this photographer’s life and adventures, at http://www.hilo.hawaii.edu/~csav/rackle/Rackle.php .

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Part II:

Features the photographer rescuing his car from an advancing aa flow, the Kapoho schoolhouse burning, and the formation of black sand as lava enters the sea.

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Police Investigating Drowning Off the Kona Coast

Media Release:

Big Island police are investigating a possible drowning in waters off the coast of Ka’ohe, South Kona.

Responding to a 10:11 a.m. call on January 9, officers learned that a 51-year-old woman, identified as Jodi Kessler of Hartland, Wisconsin, was snorkeling with family members when she became distressed and began to struggle to stay afloat. Family members were able to get her to shore and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Fire/Rescue personnel took Kessler to Kona Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 11:41a.m.

The case has been classified as a coroner’s inquest and an autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.