Make your own free website on Tripod.com

Click to request full image

1989 Kilauea Eruption

 

For this week's WET, I looked around at what I could share about Hawaii in addition to the flowers :-)   I didn't need to look very far...volcanoes and lava come readily to mind! 

The WET image (attached) is of the 1989 eruption in Kilauea crater.  Please do whatever you want with this image...but remember, you just might have to answer to Madame Pele, the volcano Goddess!! 

I've included a paragraph about Kilauea (Keel-ow-eh-a), and the url for a very informative website with links and more images of the Island of Hawaii. 

Kilauea, whose pragmatic name means "The Spewing," is the world's most active volcano. In the last hundred years, it has erupted on the average once every 11 months. The Hawaiians believed that the goddess Pele inhabited every volcano in the Hawaiian chain, and that her home is now Halemaumau Crater in Kilauea Caldera. Kilauea is the most scientifically watched volcano in the world, with a permanent observatory built right into the crater rim. When it erupts, the flows are so predictable that observers run toward the mountain, not away from it! The flows, however, can burst from fissures far from the center of the crater in areas that don't seem "active." This occurs mainly in the Puna District. In 1959, Kilauea Iki Crater came to life after 91 years, and although the flow wasn't as massive as others, it did send blazing fountains of lava 1,900 feet into the air. Kilauea has been very active within the last few years, with eruptions occurring at least once a month and expected to continue. Most activity has been from a yet unnamed vent below Pu'uo. You might be lucky enough to see this phenomenon while visiting.

http://www.book.uci.edu/Books/Moon/land_mountains.html#mauna%20kea

Enjoy, have fun, and happy WETting!!

--

Kathy