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HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a United States National Park on the Big Island of the island state of Hawaii. The national park is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Five volcanoes make up the island of Hawai`i: Kohala, Mauna Kea, Hualalai, Mauna Loa, and Kilauea. Volcanoes that will never erupt again are considered extinct. Dormant volcanoes have not erupted in historic time (the last 200 years in Hawai`i) but probably will erupt again. Active volcanoes have erupted in historical time (the last 200 years in Hawai`i).


Kohala, the oldest volcano on this island, last erupted about 60,000 years ago and is considered extinct.

Mauna Kea last erupted 3,600 years ago and is dormant.

Hualalai, Mauna Loa, and Kilauea are active.

Hualalai erupted seven times in the last 2,100 years. The only historic eruptions were in 1800 and 1801. Mauna Loa last erupted in 1984 and sent flows towards Hilo. Kilauea erupted from 1983 until 2018. As of August of 2018, no magma is visible in the park.

Loihi, a submarine volcano, is 15 miles (24 km) southeast of the island and 3,178 feet (969 m) below sea level. Loihi will probably not reach sea level for another 250,000 years or more. Seismicity, geothermal vents, and fresh lava indicate Loihi is active.


- Wikivoyage

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