Exploring Mauna Loa in Google Earth

At over 2,000 sq. mi., Mauna Loa is the largest volcano in the world. In fact, if you measure it from its base deep in the ocean, it’s the highest mountain on the planet!
Google Sightseeing has recently created a great tour of the volcano, showing off some of its most amazing features like the lava flow (KML) seen below.


In addition to the amazing satellite imagery and 3D terrain in Google Earth, there is also Street View imagery in various places around the volcano. This KML file will take you to one of the highest Street View points in the area. If you’re not familiar with how to use Street View in Google Earth, this post will help you get started.

The volcano had its last major eruption in 1984, putting us in the middle (or the end?) of the longest quiet period that has ever been recorded for Mauna Loa.
To learn more, check out the full post on Google Sightseeing and then grab their KML file to view all of the sights mentioned in the post.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Google earth always impresses me with the things it can do and looking at an active volcano is just amazing. Now that I got my computer fixed I’ll have to install google earth and have a peak myself. As always thank you for interesting blog information.

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