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A Look Back at Kilauea's Spectacular 1969 to 1974 Mauna Ulu Eruption

The Atlantic Logo By Alan Taylor of The Atlantic | Slide 1 of 24: A 1,000-foot lava fountain in the Mauna Ulu vent area, on December 30, 1969. Lava flows, fed by the fountain, cascaded into Alo'i Crater, at left. 2,000 feet from the vent. A couple of hours after the photo was taken, the wind shifted, and the black Ford station wagon, still parked in the same place, was pelted with falling pumice and needed, though never received, a new paint job.

A 1,000-foot lava fountain in the Mauna Ulu vent area is seen on December 30, 1969. Lava flows, fed by the fountain, cascaded into Alo'i Crater, at left.

A couple of hours after the photo was taken, the wind shifted, and the black Ford station wagon, still parked in the same place, was pelted with falling pumice and needed, though never received, a new paint job.

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