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Mauna Loa is the largest volcano on Earth in terms of volume and area covered, and one of five volcanoes that form the Island of Hawaii in the U.S. state of Hawaiʻi in the Pacific Ocean. It is an active shield volcano, with a volume estimated at approximately 18,000 cubic miles (75,000 km3), although its peak is about 120 feet (37 m) lower than that of its neighbor, Mauna Kea. The Hawaiian name "Mauna Loa" means "Long Mountain". Lava eruptions from Mauna Loa are silica-poor, and very fluid; eruptions tend to be non-explosive and the volcano has relatively shallow slopes.

Mauna Loa has probably been erupting for at least 700,000 years, and may have emerged above sea level about 400,000 years ago. Its most recent eruption occurred from March 24, 1984, through April 15, 1984. No recent eruptions of the volcano have caused fatalities, but eruptions in 1926 and 1950 destroyed villages, and the city of Hilo is partly built on lava flows from the late 19th century. In view of the hazards it poses to population centers, Mauna Loa is part of the Decade Volcanoes program, which encourages studies of the most dangerous volcanoes. Mauna Loa has been intensively monitored by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory since 1912. Observations of the atmosphere are undertaken at the Mauna Loa Observatory, and of the Sun at the Mauna Loa Solar Observatory, both located near its summit. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park covers the summit and the southeastern flank of the volcano, including a separate volcano, Kīlauea.

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25 June 2011 Six French mountaineers were killed in an avalanche on Pic de Neige Cordier in the French Alps. Their bodies were found the next day by a British hiker who took the same ascent route. The victims included two men, three women and a 16-year old boy. Police reported that weather was good at the time of their ascent.

7 Nov 2010 That remaining in the so-called Death Zone on high mountains is dangerous and causes serious health problems, has long been known; altitude sickness in the form of nausea, headaches and insomnia affect up to three quarters of all climbers who ascend too quickly. Much less frequently, though, the dreaded mountaineering illnesses of high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) and high altitude cerebral edema (HACE) occur, but their symptoms disappear again on the descent. It has now been discovered, however, that permanent damage may arise from a prolonged stay in thin air due to shrinkage of the brain (Source).

27 Oct 2010 The latest eruption from the Indonesian volcano, Merapi, has claimed 30 victims to date. Not all of the roughly 19,000 inhabitants in a 10-kilometre zone around the volcano heeded the call by the authorities to evacuate the area; others returned to their houses prematurely. Merapi, which is on the island of Java is one of the most dangerous and most active volcanoes on earth. The eruption has no direct connection with the submarine earthquake of 26 October 2010, which released a devastating tsunami on the Indonesian islands of Mentawai. (Sources: sueddeutsche.de, Spiegel.de)

28 Sep 2010 After suffering serious injuries from a fall on the Höhenglücksteig, a Klettersteig in Hersbruck Switzerland in Bavaria on 26 September, Kurt Albert died in hospital on the 28th. As well as coining the term "redpointing" in climbing, Albert also opened up many new routes at the highest grade of difficulty. (Source: alpin.de)

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