The Nation: Angry Goddess On a Rampage

Eruption in Hawaii

Native Hawaiians have long attempted to placate the fire goddess Pele by dropping offerings—ohelo berries, liquor and, once upon a time, an occasional human—into the crater of the 4,090-ft. volcano Kilauea. Legend says the fire goddess lives within Kilauea, and it is her outbursts that have made the volcano, located on the big island of Hawaii, the world's most active, erupting on the average of once every 2½ years. But even longtime Kilauea watchers were concerned about the magnitude of the latest demonstration of Pele's power. In mid-September the volcano...

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