A Look At The Hawaiian Islands Volcano

Have you ever visited the Hawaiian Islands? If so, do you know about the interesting impact that volcanoes have on the Hawaiian Islands? Let’s take a look at information about Hawaiian volcanos.

Basics About The Hawaiian Islands Volcano

What we tend to call “Hawaii” is actually a group of islands. There are eight main islands, but also quite a few others that are much smaller. Within the islands collectively called “Hawaii,” or the “Hawaiian Islands” there are fifteen volcanoes. They are part of a large chain in the Pacific Ocean. The chain is called the Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain. It is 3,600 miles long.

The fifteen volcanoes that are a part of Hawaii are not all active. There are two, however, that still go through the regular pattern of erupting and eroding.

Highest Hawaiian Islands Volcano Is Mauna Loa – The “Monarch Of Mountains”

The highest of the volcanoes in the Hawaiian Islands is named Mauna Loa. It rises 13,680 feet above sea level (28,680 feet from the sea floor). It is 60 miles long and 30 miles wide, making it the largest single mountain of any kind in the world, and the largest Hawaiian Island volcano.
When Mauno Loa erupts, it is very prolific. It can produce 1 to 5 million tons of lava each hour during the early stages of eruption. Between 1831 and 1950, there were eruptions an average of every 3.6 years.

Kilauea Volcano Bit Smaller But Impressive Hawaiian Islands Volcano

Quite a bit smaller, but still impressive, is Kilauea Volcano. It is about 50 miles long and 14 miles wide, and it is located near Mauna Loa. The summit of Kilauea is 4,090 feet above sea level (20,000 feet above the floor of the ocean).
One interesting feature of Kilauea Volcano in the Hawaiian Islands is the “fire pit” called Halemaumau – meaning House of Everlasting Fire – which sometimes has a lake of boiling lava. Periodically, this pit is enlarged by the steam and walls that callapse.
How To See The Hawaii Islands Volcanoes
The best way to really see these two volcanoes is to visit Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. It holds both volcanoes and has excursions to the tops of them, including Halamaumau, near the top of Kilauea Volcano.
Near Kilauea Caldera (at the top of Mauna Loa) is the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Jaggar Museum. This museum has much about volcanoes is truly a “not-to-miss” experience.
Volcanoes National Park also has special paths leading to several different craters within the park. There, you can see steam vents and large craters, and from the best vantage points, too!
The next time you visit the Hawaiian Islands, visit the volcanoes!

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