Mauna Loa is a shield volcano. It is located on the Hawaii islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The volcano and all of the Hawaii islands are made by a hotspot. A hotspot is a place chained to the center of the Earth that continually flows magma to the surface and creates islands and volcanoes. Once the plates move away from the hotspot the volcano becomes extinct. The reason the volcano becomes extinct is because without any magma flowing to the volcano it will never erupt.
Mauna Loa is a simple shield volcano. A shield volcano has gentle slopes and a broad dome.
Mauna Loa erupted on March 24-25, 1984. The eruption did not kill anyone but caused a lot of damage. It burned down houses and villages, swallowing everything in its path. The eruption was runny and silica low. A silica low eruption is runny and explosive.The more silica the stickier the lava will be. Hawaiian lava is some of the only lava that is not that sticky.
Mauna Loa is one of many volcanoes in Hawaii. It is my favorite volcano because if you look at it it looks like a regular mountain and you can easily climb up it. This is why I like Mauna Loa.