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Earthquakes and explosions at Kilauea focus of talk

Ninety years ago, on April 21, 1924, residents of Kapoho were evacuated as hundreds of earthquakes shook their village.

In the weeks that followed, explosions wracked the summit of Kilauea Volcano, creating difficult challenges for staff at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

From 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the Lyman Museum, longtime HVO volunteer Ben Gaddis will detail Kilauea’s most violent eruption of the 20th century. Using USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory logs, geologic field notes, National Park Service reports, newspaper accounts, photographs and other records from 1924, Gaddis will tell the tale from the perspective of the people who lived through it.

The Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum at 276 Haili St. in Hilo showcases the natural and cultural history of Hawaii. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for evening public programs.

Seating is limited.

Cost is $3; free to Lyman Museum members.

Additional parking is available at Hilo Union School.

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