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When Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupted in 1959, it shot lava higher than the tallest building in America

Posted May 4, 2018 1:31 p.m. EDT

— If you think this is impressive ...

Take a look at this!

That's Hawaii's Kilauea volcano when it erupted in 1959.

Residents on the Big Island are used to seeing magma fly several feet into the air. But what happened on December 17, 1959, was historic.

The Iki Crater shot lava 1,900 feet into the air. NINETEEN HUNDRED FEET.

That's about three times the size of the Washington Monument. That's also 124 feet higher than the tallest building in the US now: One World Trade Center.

In fact, the fountains were the highest recorded in Hawaii throughout the entire 20th century, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The historic eruption lasted just over a month.