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The 1960 Kapoho Eruption of Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i
This web page covers the progress of the early 1960 Kapoho eruption of Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii, and the damage it caused. The eruption caused havoc in lower Puna, an idyllic rural paradise until the lava fountains and flows covered farm land and villages including Kapoho Village and parts of Koa`e Village. During this time, the volcano's summit deflated and eventually collapsed. This page is part of a web series on major Kilauea eruptions. The user can view a series of maps for mid- to late January 1960, showing lava coverage, faults, and lava barriers. A memorial poem for Kapoho village is included. Other links include a photo gallery of volcanoes, and a resource on how volcanoes work.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Map
    • Photograph
  • Text:
    • Report
Subject:
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Information presented on this website is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credit is requested.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-000-417
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: United States Geological Survey, Hawaii Volcano Observatory
http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/

Contact: United States Geological Survey, Hawaii Volcano Observatory


Author: Frances H. Kakugawa
United States Geological Society (USGS)

Author: J. P. Eaton
United States Geological Society (USGS)

Author: D. H. Richter
United States Geological Society (USGS)