Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes

This volcanic eruption video features high lava fountains by day and night, rivers of lava pouring into the lava lake, the view from Volcano House, visitors for scale, hot cinders landing on the old road, the heavily damaged forest, highlights of the ending of the fountains, pieces of the cone sliding off into the lake, NPS rangers planning trails over the devastated areas. and of course Rackle’s inimitable narration. Professional photographer Fred Rackle filmed the eruption with a B&H movie camera and a tripod. Decades later, he donated a narrated SVHS copy to CSAV, with permission to distribute. Now, 50 years after the eruption, we are pleased to honor Rackle by sharing this astonishing video with the world. Visit our new Fred Rackle web page, to learn details of this photographer's life and adventures, at our CSAV web site. hilo.hawaii.edu/~csav/rackle/Rackle.php

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Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes

Darcy Bevens

CSAV is based at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Since 1990, we have been providing educational and training programs about volcanoes and earthquakes. In the mid-1990's, we branched off and began educational programs about hurricanes, tsunamis, and


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CSAV is based at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Since 1990, we have been providing educational and training programs about volcanoes and earthquakes. In the mid-1990's, we branched off and began educational programs about hurricanes, tsunamis, and other natural hazards as well.

Three UH-Hilo web sites (CSAV, Natural Hazards Hawaii, and Geology) have featured low-res photos and videos for years. We are currently rebuilding the videos in high-res, and as we do, they will appear on this channel. In addition, watch for periodic new videos of eruption conditions, tsunamis, and whatever else Mother Nature sends our way.

Current equipment: Sony DCR VX2100 Handycam & Sachtler tripod. Computer: Mac G5; editing with Final Cut Pro.

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