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Complex stratovolcano Currently about 3329 m (changing due to eruptive activity and collapse of its crater rims)
Sicily, Italy, 37.75°N / 14.99°E
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Etna volcano eruptions:
Near continuously active; some major historic eruptions include 122 BC (large Plinian outbursts that created the small caldera of the "Cratere del Piano"), 1669 AD (devastating flank eruption that destroyed 15 villages and part of Catania), 1787 (Subplinian eruption and one of the most spectacular summit eruptions on record - lava fountains reportedly up to 3000 m high).Eruptions since 1950 (f: flank / s: summit activity):
1950 (s), 1950-51(f), 1955 (s), 1956 (s), 1956 (f), 1957 (s),1960 (s), 1961 (s), 1964 (f), 1964 (s), 1966 (s), 1966-1971(s), 1968 (f), 1971(f), 1972-1973 (s), 1974 (f), 1974-1975 (s), 1975-1977 (f), 1977-1978 (s), 1978 (f), 1979(s), 1979 (f), 1980 (s), 1981 (s), 1981 (f),1982-1983 (s), 1983(f), 1984(s), 1985(s), 1985(f), 1986(s), 1986-1987 (f), 1987(s), 1988(s), 1989(s), 1989(f), 1990 (s), 1991-93(f), 1995(s), 1996(s), 1997 (s), 1998 (s), 1999 (s), 2000 (s), 2001(s), 2001 (f), 2002(s), 2002-03(f), 2004-2005 (f), 2006 (s), 2007 (s), 2008-2009 (f), 2010(s), 2011-2013(s), 2014-ongoing(f)
Typical eruption style:
Effusive (lava flows) and mildly explosive (strombolian) eruptions. Both summit and frequent flank eruptions, the latter seem to be occurring in clusters lasting few to a few tens of years.
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more on Etna volcano...
Fri, 21 Aug 2015, 12:21
Ash emission from Etna's Voragine (photo: Boris Behncke / twitter)
Etna has been mostly calm during the past months. However, signs of unrest have appeared in the form of dilute ash emissions from the central crater (Voragine). ...more
Sat, 16 May 2015, 17:46
Lava flows from the New SE crater (INGV Monte Cagliato thermal webcam)
The eruption has almost ended. ...more
Fri, 15 May 2015, 17:51
Lava flows from Etna's New SE crater in the northern Valle del Bove (INGV Monte Cagliato thermal webcam)
The eruption continues, although its intensity has decreased compared to yesterday. ...more
Thu, 14 May 2015, 23:36
Strombolian activity and the lava flow this morning (14 May) (photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
A new paroxysm is occurring at the volcano. Increasing near-continuous strombolian eruptions occur from the summit vent of the New SE crater and a lava flow is issuing from a vent at its eastern base into Valle del Bove. Tremor is still rising. ...more
Tue, 12 May 2015, 19:55
Strombolian explosion at Etna's New SE crater this evening (Radiostudio7 webcam)
Strombolian activity began again today at the New SE crater. Accompanied by rising tremor, this activity is increasing at the moment. ...more
Sun, 12 Apr 2015, 16:02
Ash emission from Bocca Nuova (Montagnola thermal webcam, INGV Catania)
A short sequence of seismo volcanic events occurred a few hours ago ended with two ash explosions at the Bocca Nuova Crater.
Ash emission from Bocca Nuova (INGV webcam)
Mon, 2 Feb 2015, 01:25
Etna's SE crater with strombolian activity and the lava flow (photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
Sun, 1 Feb 2015, 23:43
The new lava flow on Etna's SW side seen from Catania (photo: Emanuele Zuccarello / Etna Walk)
More details start to emerge about the new eruptive phase. Strombolian activity from the SE crater accompanies important lava effusion, feeding an impressive lava flow. ...more
Sun, 1 Feb 2015, 19:32
Etna seen from Paternó on the SSW flank
The new eruptive phase continues. Dense cloud cover has prevented detailed observations, but from occasional clearings and other observations, it seems that the intense strombolian eruptions are going on from a vent between the old and New SE crater, feeding a lava flow, at least 2.5 km long onto the southwestern slope. ...more
Sat, 31 Jan 2015, 15:52
Current tremor signal (ESLNZ station, INGV Catania)
After a few days of apparent calm, new activity resumes on Etna: Seismic tremor started to rise steeply this morning about 6:00 (local time). At the moment it is still elevated with an overall increasing tendency. ...more
Fri, 16 Jan 2015, 21:57
Dilute ash emissions from Etna's NE crater on 15 Jan 2015 (Etnatrekking webcam Linguaglossa)
Unrest continues at the summit craters. After strombolian activity from the Central Crater (Voragine) had ceased around 13 Jan, weak ash emissions occurred from the North-East crater yesterday. ...more
Sun, 11 Jan 2015, 21:39
Ash emissions from Voragine Crater (photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
Explosions and ash emissions of moderate intensity continue from the Voragine crater. ...more
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