1959 Eruption Kilauea Iki Courtesy of Center of Study of Volcanoes

Part 1 of this volcanic eruption features early high fountains, rivers of lava pouring into the lava lake, and the view from Volcano House. 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.uhh.hawaii.edu/~csav/rackl

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Part 2 of this Kilauea Iki eruption includes visitors for scale, hot cinders landing on the old road, fountains by day and night, and of course Rackles inimitable narration.

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Part 3 of Kilauea Iki covers the heavily damaged forest, highlights of the ending of the fountains, pieces of the cone sliding off into the lake, and NPS rangers planning trails over the devastated areas.

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3 Responses

  1. WOW! Thanks for finding this killer footage and sharing with us on your blog, Damon. What a treat! OK, back to work for me now. :)

  2. I enjoy your blog site. It is informative and fun. Congratulations!
    Did you set it up or did you get someone to help?
    Best wishes for a lot of success!
    Sudha

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