Fred Rackle filmed this eruption, shortly after he documented the 1959 & 1960 eruptions of Kilauea Iki and Kapoho. In 1994, Rackle set up a 16mm projector in his living room in Makaha Towers, and taped the decades-old film footage with a VHS camera while he narrated. Then he donated the VHS tapes to CSAV. At that time, everyone was most interested in the Kilauea Iki and Kapoho tapes. But now Halemaumau is once again in the spotlight, and perhaps this footage will be useful to volcanologists. The footage of fountains in Halemaumau is almost certainly the July 10, 1961 eruption, the longest (7 days) of the 3 summit eruptions in 1961. Fred Rackle was a brilliant photographer, not only because he had an eye for beauty, but because he worked alongside scientist Gordon Macdonald, who was Chief Scientist of HVO at that time; Macdonald helped Rackle see what was of scientific interest. Also, Rackle used a tripod. Learn more about Fred Rackle at hilo.hawaii.edu/~csav/rackle/Rackle.php

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