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Erta Ale volcano (Ethiopia): summit lava lake is refilling

Fri, 19 Jun 2020, 09:01
09:01 AM | BY: T
Satellite image of Erta Ale volcano showing the heat signal from its summit lava lake
Satellite image of Erta Ale volcano showing the heat signal from its summit lava lake
There are signs that the volcano's famous lava lake is increasing again. The lake is contained in the main (southern) pit crater inside the summit caldera of the vast shield volcano, located in one of the most remote places of the Danakil depression in the Afar triangle.
Recent satellite imagery shows a significant hot spot from the crater, due to the presence of lava accumulating there as the new lava lake.
There are no signs of lava effusing from the fissure vents on the volcano's southern and SE slopes active during 2017-19, which confirms that this lateral eruption has ended for good. This in turn would favor the reformation of the summit lava lake as magma rising inside no longer is being drained on the flank, but uses the central conduit to form a lake in the summit area.

Visiting the volcano
Hopefully, current travel restrictions still in place will soon be lifted, so it will again be possible to visit the country and bring small groups to the volcano in the frame of our volcano expeditions to Ethiopia.

Previous news

Wed, 17 Jun 2020, 06:00

Erta Ale volcano (Ethiopia) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 17 June-23 June 2020 (New Activity / Unrest)

Satellite data showed a minor thermal anomaly in Erta Ale's S pit crater on 12 June and a larger anomaly on 17 June at the site of the previous lava lake. ... Read all
Mon, 19 Aug 2019, 11:07

Erta Ale volcano (Danakil, Ethiopia) activity update: new surface lava flows 3-4 km SE from summit caldera

Satellite image of Erta Ale from 17 Aug 2019 showing the areas of new lava flows at the surface (image: Sentinal-hub)
A series of relatively large lava surface flows is visible on recent satellite images, in locations between 3-4 km SE from the summit caldera. ... Read all
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Erta Ale volcano
Shield volcano 613 m / 2,011 ft
Danakil depression, Ethiopia, 13.6°N / 40.66°E
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5) Erta Ale volcano eruptions:
1873(?), 1903(?), 1904(?), 1906, 1940, 1960, 1967-2004, 2005-ongoing
Typical eruption style
Effusive. Persistant lava lake.

Erta Ale volcano tours

Danakil desert (Ethiopia)
Desert, salt and volcanoes
14 days expedition to Erta Ale volcano and Dallol hydrothermal field (Danakil desert, Ethiopia)
14 days / 13 nights - Moderate
Price $ 4530
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Danakil desert (Ethiopia)
Erta Ale Volcano Special
in response to recent high activitiy in the Southern crater and growing lava lake (Danakil desert, Ethiopia)
8 days - Moderate
Price $ 2590
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