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Lava fountain and Crater Rim Drive Road, Kilauea Iki Crater
Photograph by J.P. Eaton at 10:30 a.m. on November 29, 1959

Lava fountain blasts pumice 425 m above the vent during the 3rd episode. Pieces of spatter as large as 60 cm in diameter rained down on the road and shattered the wooden guardrail. Other pieces punched shallow depressions in the asphalt surface. On the leeward side of the growing cone, the Crater Rim road was covered by 6 m of pumice in the late evening of November 28; 11 hours later, the pumice was as deep as 25 m!

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