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Honolulu and Pearl Harbour on Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands, USA

21.3N 157.8W

January 23rd, 2010 Category: Volcanoes

USA - January 2nd, 2010

USA - January 2nd, 2010

Oahu, known as “The Gathering Place”, is the third largest of the the Hawaiian Islands and most populous of the islands in the State of Hawaii. The state capital Honolulu is located on the southeast coast, and Pearl Harbor can be seen here in the center of the southern shoreline.

Including small close-in offshore islands such as Ford Island and the islands in Kaneohe Bay and off the eastern coast, it has a total land area of 596.7 square miles (1,545.4 km2), making it the 20th largest island in the United States. At its greatest dimensions, this volcanic island is 44 miles (71 km) long and 30 miles (48 km) across. The length of the shoreline is 227 miles (365 km).

The island is the result of two separate shield volcanoes: Waiʻanae and Koʻolau, with a broad “valley” or saddle (the central Oʻahu Plain) between them. The highest point is Mt. Ka’ala in the Waiʻanae Range, rising to 4,003 feet (1,220 m) above sea level.

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