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On-Again, Off-Again Eruption is On Again and Off Again

July 7, 1985

VOLCANO, Hawaii (AP) _ Kilauea Volcano provided its own fireworks display for the Fourth of July weekend, spraying a fountain of lava an estimated 1,000 feet into the air and spilling a milelong hot river, scientists said.

The world’s most active volcano resumed its 30-month-old eruption series Saturday night at the Pu’u O’o spatter cone, said Thomas Wright, scientist in charge of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

The crew of a helicopter sent over the mountain Sunday morning reported the fountain was feeding a slowly moving, mile-long river of glowing molten rock that did not threaten developed property, Wright said.

A short time later, the outburst was reported stopped, just about 14 hours after it began, said observatory geologist Reggie Okamura.

The activity in a remote section of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii Island was the 34th phase of an eruption that began Jan. 3, 1983. The last phase, a six-hour outburst, occurred June 12.

Although surface activity is sporadic, scientists have not reported an end to the eruption because of continued underground movement of lava as indicated by vibrations recorded by seismographs.

Some of the earlier phases of the eruption caused $4 million damage and forced the evacuation of residents of the rural Royal Gardens community.

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