Hawaiian Volcano 

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View of Mauna Kea from HVO
Photograph by S.R. Brantley on March 2, 1998

The massive shield of Mauna Loa Volcano rises 3,000 m above HVO, about 32 km from Mauna Loa's summit caldera. Only a few of Mauna Loa's historical lava flows have spilled down its southeast flank, which is shown here. Most historical lava flows were erupted inside Moku`aweoweo Caldera at the summit or moved down the west or north flanks of the volcano from the southwest or northeast rift zones (left-hand and right-hand skylines, respectively).

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Updated: 11 March 1998