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Shield volcano 613 m / 2,011 ft
Danakil depression, Ethiopia, 13.6°N / 40.66°E
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Erta Ale volcano eruptions:
1873(?), 1903(?), 1904(?), 1906, 1940, 1960, 1967-2004, 2005-ongoing
Typical eruption style:
Effusive. Persistant lava lake.
Last earthquakes nearby
Erta Ale volcano toursDesert, salt and volcanoes
(expedition to Erta Ale volcano and Dallol hydrothermal field (Danakil desert, Ethiopia))Erta Ale Volcano Special
(in response to recent high activitiy with lava lake overflows (Danakil desert, Ethiopia))
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Erta Ale (Ethiopia) volcano news:
Tue, 27 Jun 2017, 07:44
One of the most remarkable eruptions in recent times on the African continent continues with little signs of ending. ...more
Wed, 31 May 2017, 09:26
Erta Ale's eruption on SENTINEL 2 satellite imagery on 29 May 2017 (image: SENTINEL2 / ESA-Copernicus data; Composition / annotations: Culture Volcan)
The activity of the volcano remains intense and continues from both the summit (lava lake in south pit) and from the SE rift zone (lava lakes and lava flows). ...more
Sun, 2 Apr 2017, 17:04
Erta Ale's eruption on SENTINEL 2 satellite imagery on March 30th (image: SENTINEL2 / ESA-Copernicus data; Composition / annotations: Culture Volcan)
The activity remains very elevated at the volcano. Since the start of the (still ongoing) flank eruption in January, a second lava lake has formed at the flank eruption site and a growing lava field is active about 2-3 km northeast of it. ...more
Wed, 8 Feb 2017, 08:12
A story in pictures of Erta Ale volcano's intense lava lake overflowing phase as witnessed by participants from our recent Volcano Special tour during 16-19 January 2017. ...more
Fri, 27 Jan 2017, 20:05
NASA Earth Observatory image of Erta Ale on 26 Jan 2017, by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey. Caption by Adam Voiland.
A new Landsat 8 satellite image from yesterday published by Nasa's Earth Observatory site shows the location of the new flank eruption at Erta Ale. ...more
Thu, 26 Jan 2017, 13:17
Hot spots on Erta Ale's caldera (MODIS data, Univ. Hawai'i)
The flank eruption has been confirmed and it is still going on strong. ...more
Wed, 25 Jan 2017, 11:09
Hot spots on Erta Ale - the reported flank eruption is not (yet) visible (MODIS data, Univ. Hawai'i)
News have come in about a fissure eruption at the SE flank of the volcano, approx. 7 km distance from the summit caldera and its lava lake (which partially collapsed on and after 20 Jan). ...more
Tue, 24 Jan 2017, 14:24
The lava lake overflowing on all sides on 17 Jan 2017 (Photo: Enku Mulugeta)
The volcanic activity at the shield volcano in the Danakil desert has been at extraordinary and very elevated levels recently. Participant returning from our recent eruption special tour
(14-20 Jan) reported that during their stay 16-20 Jan, the lava lake's surface level has been undergoing rapid and large variations, producing massive lava lake overflows when high and intense spattering when low. ...more
Sat, 14 Jan 2017, 10:04
Our guest Jens-Wolfram E. who participated (for his second time!) in the most recent Danakil expedition, although still traveling, sent us a first selection of "fresh" images from both Erta Ale and Dallol.
Thu, 12 Jan 2017, 12:05
Erta Ale's lava lake on 29 Dec 2016 (image: Jens Wolfram Erben)
During their 24 December 2016 to 6 January 2017 Danakil expedition our small group spent 3 full days on the summit area of Erta Ale (from 29 Dec - 1 Jan 2017) to observe the changing activity from the two active craters (vents) inside the shield volcano´s large summit caldera. ...more
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