According to the Hawaii Center for Volcanology, Mauna Loa is the largest volcano in the state. Additionally, it’s the world’s biggest active volcano, erupting for the past 3,000 years about once each 6 years. Its peaks rise 13,690 feet above the ocean. However, this volcano actually extends under the sea and even below the sea floor, due to depression of the ocean floor. Altogether, the lava within Mauna Loa extends 56,080 feet. Furthermore, the volcano stretches 60 miles in length and 30 miles in width.
The Mauna Loa is not only the largest active volcano in Hawaii, it’s the largest active volcano in the world. Mauna Loa or “Long Mountain” ,as Hawaiians call it, is located on the mainland and rises 13,680 ft above sea level. Since the year 1832, this massive volcano has erupted 39 times, with the last one happening in 1984.
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