Volcano Watch: Explosive eruptions from Halemaʻumaʻu in 1924

Photographs of the 1924 explosive eruptions from Halemaʻumaʻu. The photograph on the left is from the Uekahuna bluff on May 18, 1924. (Photo by Kenichi Maehara) The photograph on the right is from near the present-day site of Volcano House on May 22, 1924. (Photo by Tai Sing Loo)

May 2023 marks the 99th anniversary of a sequence of explosive eruptions from Kilauea’s summit that occurred over 16 days from May 11–27, 1924. During this eruption, about 60 explosions occurred from Halema‘uma‘u with fragments ranging from volcanic ash to large blocks the size of cars falling around the summit caldera.