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What is the largest active volcano?

Published On: Jul 28 2011 10:19:34 AM CDT

The world's largest, active volcano is Mauna Loa in Hawaii, where famous coffee is grown in the rich volcanic soils.

Mauna Loa is one of five volcanoes that form the Island of Hawaii in the U.S. state of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean.

This volcano is 4,170 m or 13,680 ft. (approx 6 miles) above sea level.

From its base below sea level to its summit, Mauna Loa is taller than Mount Everest.

Mauna Loa also has the greatest volume of any volcano, estimated to be 10,200 cubic miles (42,500 cubic kilometers).

At 60 miles long and 30 miles wide, it makes up half of the entire island.

Mauna Loa is the world's largest shield volcano, a gently sloping mountain produced from a large number of generally very fluid lava flows.

It is among Earth's most active volcanoes and has erupted 33 times since 1843.

Its most recent eruption occurred from March 24, 1984, to April 15, 1984.

Mauna Loa has probably been erupting for at least 100,000 years.