One of the shortest eruptions in Hawaii's volcanic history occurred Feb 24 when the Halemaumau fire it bubbled and boiled for eight hours and four minutes.
GTV Volcano eruption.
TV Molting Lava.
GV Steam and fumes rising from lava remains.
GTV PAN shows size of crater.
GT PAN DOWN Shows mountains of lava to bottom of crater.
LV PAN UP Bottom of crater steam pouring from cracks.
GV Shows size of crater.
CU PAN Showing cracks made by eruption.
GV PAN Showing the kilauea crater.
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Background: One of the shortest eruptions in Hawaii's volcanic history occurred Feb 24 when the Halemaumau fire it bubbled and boiled for eight hours and four minutes.
A flurry of sharp quakes heralded the early morning outbreak. Almost three hours after the cuskes had stopped, a low harmonic tremor went through the Kilauea crater, and two fountains of lava shot fifty and steam belched from the crater, and cinder dust and rain swept the surrounding area.
In Hawaii, people rush to and not away from volcanic eruptions. But many sightseers who rushed to watch the Halemaumau eruption did not get there in time. Most of them turned back in disappointment, unwilling to believe that the eruption could have been so short lived.
Seismologists said that since Kilauea Iki and the Puna eruption of a year ago, Kilauea has been refilling with lava at great depth and the dome of the volcano had been swelling rapidly. As their instruments are still recording tremors, the say there is no way of predicting whether it will revive "in two hours or two years".