Eruptions of KīlaueaListed below are just a few of the most recent and spectacular eruptions of this highly active volcano. Learn more about Kīlauea, the youngest volcano on the Island of Hawaiʻi.
1919-1920 Eruption of Maunaiki
The Maunaiki eruption in the Kaʻū Desert lasted from December 1919 to August 1920.
1924 Explosive Eruption of Kīlauea
For 18 days in 1924, hundreds of steam explosions from Kīlauea hurled mud, debris, and boulders great distances.
1954 Summit Eruption
The short eruption of 1954 was not specifically predicted, but it was not unexpected.
1959 Eruption of Kīlauea Iki
The 1959 eruption out of Kīlauea Iki Crater featured a lake of lava and the highest lava fountains ever recorded.
1969-1974 Eruption of Maunaulu
The eruption of Maunaulu lasted nearly five years and reshaped the landscape.
1983-2018 Eruption of Puʻuʻōʻō
In the past 500 years, no rift zone eruption comes close to matching the duration of the one that began in 1983.
2008-2018 Summit Eruption
The summit of Kīlauea hosted a lava lake-style eruption for a decade before the massive summit collapse in 2018.
2020-2021 Summit Eruption
Photos and videos from the five month eruption that began on December 20, 2020 and ended on May 26, 2021.
September 2021-2022 Summit Eruption
The 300-acre lava lake provided spectacular views for park visitors.
Eruptions of Mauna LoaRead about some of the more recent and notable eruptions of Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano on the planet. Learn more about Mauna Loa.
1880-1881 Eruption of Mauna Loa
An eruption that threatened the city of Hilo and saw the first known attempts at lava diversion in Hawaiʻi
1950 Eruption of Mauna Loa
In June 1950, Mauna Loa sent large lava flows to the sea with blazing speed.
Learn More About LavaMolten lava is only visible during an eruption, but its solidified form makes up the island of Hawaiʻi.
Last updated: January 6, 2023