Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-03536
Broad streams of incandescent lava travel down the NE rift zone of Mauna Loa volcano early in the morning of March 25, 1984, with Mauna Kea volcano in the background to the north. The eruptive fissure initially opened in the summit caldera and SW rift zone, but soon migrated down the NE rift zone, where activity continued until the eruption ended on April 15. Lava flows from the NE rift zone traveled down the NE and SE flanks, reaching to within about 5 km of the city limits of Hilo.
Copyrighted photo by Katia and Maurice Krafft, 1984.
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