1961 Summit Eruption

In 1961, not long after the eruption of Kīlauea Iki and the 1960 Kapoho eruption, Kīlauea erupted within Halemaʻumaʻu crater in three phases: February 24th, March 3rd to 10th, and July 10th to 17th. A flank eruption in the east rift zone also occured that September.
Black and white photo of a lava fountain and lava river at night from above
Halemaʻumaʻu crater, July 11th, 1961 (NPS Photo/W.W. Dunmire)
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Last updated: March 11, 2021

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