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Kilauea Iki Crater Overlook
Kilauea Iki, meaning “little Kilauea”, is the still seething remnant of a quite recent (1959), spectacular eruption that filled the crater with a molten lake of lava and threw fire fountains as much as 1900 feet in the air. For a sense of scale, the world’s tallest building, the Taipei 101 which is 101 stories tall and 1667 feet high, would be dwarfed by these fire fountains.
Distances across the crater are hard to guess, as steam jets up from small cracks in the now-hardened lava-lake’s surface and the minute specks of hikers cross its black expanse, but the crater today is more than a mile long, 3000 feet across and almost 400 feet from the rim to the surface. At it’s peak, the volcano spewed about two million tons of lava per hour; however, between spurts, much of this liquid drained back into the subterranean plumbing of the caldera, thus giving the distinctive “ring-around-the-crater” look to Kilauea Iki.
The active vent for these eruptions was at Pu’u Pua’i; you can go here for more information on the Pu’u Pua’i eruptions. The hike down into, and across, Kilauea Iki is perhaps the best short hike in the park. Go here to find out more on making this spectacular, but fairly easy, trek.
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