Photo and Video Chronology - Mauna Loa - October 20, 2019

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Civil Air Patrol flight over Mauna Loa Summit

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Aerial view of Mauna Loa's summit caldera, Moku‘āweoweo, captured by Civil Air Patrol on Sunday, October 20, 2019. Lua Poholo is the name of the pit crater in the bottom left corner of the image. Cones that formed during the 1940 and 1949 eruptions of Mauna Loa are visible in the background, as well fissures that extend through the center of the caldera. These fissures formed during the most recent eruption of Mauna Loa, in 1984.

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Civil Air Patrol captured this aerial image of Mauna Loa's summit caldera, Moku‘āweoweo, on Sunday, October 20, 2019. The true summit of Mauna Loa is located just to the right of the center of the image, at the highest location above the caldera wall in the background. The cones that formed during the 1940 (right) and 1949 (left) eruptions are visible in the distant left side of the image. Lava flows in the foreground of the image, which flowed in a direction south of the summit of Mauna Loa, were active prior to formation of the summit caldera approximately 1,000 years ago.

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Cones, flows, and fissures mark the uppermost portions of Mauna Loa's northeast rift zone in the foreground of this aerial image taken by Civil Air Patrol on Sunday, October 20, 2019. In the background, Moku‘āweoweo, Mauna Loa's summit caldera, is visible. The highest point on Mauna Loa, the true summit, is in the upper right hand corner of the image.

(Credit: USGS. Public domain.)