1959 Kilauea eruption sees 1900-foot-high lava fountain
Stop-Go Volcano Jets Highest Yet On Its 15th Try By RON BENNETT VOLCANO, Hawaii Ki-lauea Iki shot 1,900 feet high yesterday more than one-third of a mile and broke all altitude records for a Hawaiian volcano. It was the 15th phase of the eruption which began Nov. 14. At 3:25 p.m. the fountain-ing stopped. The column of lava hit 1,900 feet at 2:06 p.m., just You Can Win A Live Pony You can win a live saddle pony for CHRISTMAS! It's next week's top prize in the Win an Income for Life contest. See Page A-9 for details. minutes after the fountaining started. THE RECORD lava jet sent scientists and others scurrying for the shade of trees. Heat from the sheets of red hot rock was intense. The 14th phase opened when a bubble of lava appeared at the old vent at 1:40 a.m. A steady fountain was descernible at 2:15 a.m. Then lava shot to steady heights of 700 feet. This phase stopped dead at 4:05 a.m. and lava drained back down the vent. ALL WAS QUIET until 11:10 a.m. when a bit of spatter was flung from the vent. A steady boil-up of lava was observed until 1:45 p.m., then 10 minutes later there was increasing fountaining until the record height of 1,900 feet was reached.