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Mauna Kea volcano

Shield volcano 4205 m / 13,796 ft
United States, Hawaiian Islands, 19.82°N / -155.47°W
Current status: dormant (1 out of 5)
Typical eruption style: unspecified
Mauna Kea volcano eruptions: 2460 BC ±100 years
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Mon, 20 Apr
Mon, 20 Apr 02:26 UTCM 0.8 / 1.2 km1 km28km E of Honaunau-Napoopoo, Hawaii
Sun, 19 Apr
Sun, 19 Apr 17:47 UTCM 2.6 / 14 km18 km ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Wed, 15 Apr
Wed, 15 Apr 03:10 UTCM 2.0 / 16 km12 km31km SSE of Waimea, Hawaii
Tue, 14 Apr
Tue, 14 Apr 15:54 UTCM 1.6 / 15.1 km10 km28km SSE of Waimea, Hawaii
Tue, 14 Apr 10:26 UTCM 2.1 / 6.3 km6 km21km ENE of Honaunau-Napoopoo, Hawaii
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Mauna Kea, Hawaii's highest volcano, reaches 4205 m, only 35 m above its neighbor, Mauna Loa. In contrast to Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea lacks a summit caldera and is capped by a profusion of cinder cones and pyroclastic deposits. Mauna Kea's rift zones are less pronounced than on neighboring volcanoes, and the eruption of voluminous, late-stage pyroclastic material has buried much of the early basaltic shield volcano, giving the volcano a steeper and more irregular profile. This transition took place about 250,000 to 200,000 years ago, and much of Mauna Kea, whose Hawaiian name means "White Mountain," was constructed during the Pleistocene. Its age and high altitude make it the only Hawaiian volcano with glacial moraines. A road that reaches a cluster of astronomical observatories on the summit also provides access to seasonal tropical skiing. The latest eruptions at Mauna Kea produced a series of cinder cones and lava flows from vents on the northern and southern flanks during the early to mid Holocene.
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