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Map of Kīlauea and adjoining Mauna Loa showing relation of Kapoho, ...

1905 (approx.)

Detailed Description

Seemingly so far from the summit, Kapoho sits within the east rift zone, which is a major underground supply conduit for magma draining the summit magma reservoir. Two villages have been destroyed by recent eruptions--Kapoho in 1960 and Kalapana (and neighboring Kapa`ahu) in 1986-90. During the time that Kapoho and Kalapana were overrun, Highway 130 was constructed and then covered by lava along the coastline southwest of Kaimu. Nothing is permanent on Kīlauea.


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