The world’s largest volcano is Mauna Loa, on the island of Hawaii. It measures 18,000 cubic miles (75,000 cubic kilometers) in volume. Appropriately, its name means “long mountain” in Hawaiian. Mauna Loa is also one of the world’s most active volcanoes, with 33 eruptions since 1843.
Mauna Loa erupting in 1984
The world’s tallest volcano is the neighboring Mauna Kea, which measures 13,796 feet (4,205 meters) above sea level and 30,000 feet (9,100 meters) from its base on the floor of the Pacific Ocean. If you include the portion that is underwater, it is not only the world’s tallest volcano but the world’s tallest mountain.
The world’s tallest active volcano above sea level is Nevados Ojos del Salado in Chile, which is 22,608 feet (6,962 meters) high. It last erupted about 1300 years ago.
The summit of Nevados Ojos del Salado
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