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Mauna Kea volcano

Updated: Dec 2, 2022 14:59 GMT -
Shield volcano 4205 m / 13,796 ft
United States, Hawaiian Islands, 19.82°N / -155.47°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)
Last update: 21 Mar 2022 (M 4.5 earthquake today)

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Typical eruption style: unspecified
Mauna Kea volcano eruptions: 2460 BC ±100 years

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Background

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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Mauna Kea volcano (Hawai'i): M 4.5 earthquake today

Location of the 4.5 quake at Mauna Kea volcano today (image: USGS)
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) reported a moderate (on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale) tectonic earthquake with magnitude M 4.5 at 23 km depth beneath the northwestern flank of the volcano at 07:30 local time this morning. ... Read all
Tue, 15 Dec 2020, 09:07

Mauna Kea volcano (Hawai'i): strong earthquake on NW flank; greater than M 4

The M 4.4 earthquake detected on the NW flank of Mauna Kea (image: HVO)
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) reported that the seismic network recorded a volcano-tectonic earthquake with magnitude M 4.4 at 25 km depth beneath the northwest flank of the volcano starting around 09:27 local time on 14 Dec morning. The earthquake was centered about 20 km southeast of Waimea. ... Read all
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