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What are the largest active volcanoes in the world?

After the latest eruption in Hawaii, many are wondering where other volcanos could explode around the world. We took a look.

Mauna Loa’s eruption: What are the different volcanic alerts?
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Earlier today, the world’s largest active volcano, Mauna Loa in Hawaii, erupted, piquing interest in other sites that could see a similar fate.

Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Popocatépetl in Mexico take second and third place for the largest active volcanos. Still, they do not come close to Mauna Loa, which reaches 9,170 meters, with the next two not surpassing 6,000 meters.

While Kilimanjaro is active, it has not seen an eruption in over 360,000 years. Currently, volcanologists believe that Kilimanjaro could erupt, but the possibility exists that the mountain could collapse in on itself if activity picked up under the surface.

Popocatépetl has a long history of activity and has seen small eruptions as early as January of this year. However, the events do not compare to the scale of the lava flow seen in Hawaii or in the Canary Islands last year.

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Top ten largest active volcanos

Many of the largest active volcanos can be found along a region called the “Ring of Fire,” which creates the outer border of the Pacific Ocean. This area is known for volcanos and higher levels of seismic activity, making the area which includes Japan, the West Coast of the United States, down to Chile, more prone to earthquakes.

The ten largest, in terms of height, are:

  1. Mauna Loa - United States
  2. Mount Kilimanjaro - Tanzania
  3. Popocatépetl - Mexico
  4. Mount Fuji - Japan
  5. Mount Semeru - Indonesia
  6. Etna - Italy
  7. Mount St. Helens - United States
  8. Mayon Volcano - Philippines
  9. Mount Bromo - Indonesia
  10. Arenal Volcano - Costa Rica.

How much damage has been caused by the volcano in Hawaii?

The Mauna Loa eruption on the Big Island is not currently threatening any downslope communities. Still, the state’s Governor has warned that residents should be ready to evacuate should flow patterns shift.