National Geographic : 1955 Oct
() national ueograpllc society 562 Seething Lava Swallows Forests and Farms. Sulphurous Gas Fills the Air "Pele is angry," islanders say each time Kilauea erupts. Pele's hair, bits of aerated basalt shredded as fine as spun glass, floats overhead. The fire goddess supposedly dwells in the main crater (not shown). Thousands rimmed that huge bowl in 1952 and 1954 to watch Nature's fireworks in Halemaumau, a 430-foot-deep pit inside the crater. This year's minor explosion created a parasitic cone on Kilauea's slope.