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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:
Highlights of Ethiopia (15 days expedition and trekking to Erta Ale volcano, Dallol, Lalibela and Semien mountains (Ethiopia))
Desert, salt and volcanoes (14 days expedition to Erta Ale volcano and Dallol hydrothermal field (Danakil desert, Ethiopia))

Erta Ale (Ethiopia) volcano news:

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
Mon, 19 Aug 2019, 11:07
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
Tue, 9 Jul 2019, 07:39
Satellite image of Erta Ale from yesterday with hot spots on the SE flank and at the summit (image: Sentinel Hub)
No significant changes have occurred at the volcano during the past weeks. The flank eruption (which had started in early 2017) is still going on, gradually enlarging the vast new lava flow field on the southern and eastern flanks. ... read all
Thu, 30 May 2019, 15:09
Satellite image of Erta Ale from yesterday shows a new hot spot (possible area with new lava flows) on the ESE flank (image: Sentinal-hub)
A satellite image taken yesterday shows a new hot spot on the SES flank, at about 12 km distance from the summit caldera. Following the report of a possible eruption from the Afdera region, this is likely the area in question and thus becomes a report of Erta Ale volcano instead. ... read all
Fri, 12 Oct 2018, 08:28
Daytime view of the active lava lake is often obscured by strong degassing (image: Enku Mulugetu, September 2018)
Our Ethiopian expedition organiser Enku made a reconnaissance trip to Erta Ale in September and reported the current status of this continuously changing active volcano. It appears that over summer the lava lake in the summit crater slowly rose and remains very active, but that the fissure eruption at the volcano’s south flank (which started during the dramatic change of volcanic activity mid January 2017) slowed down. ... read all
Wed, 25 Jul 2018, 15:54
The lava lake inside the Southern Crater of Erta Ale’s summit caldera, shown here on 26 June 2018, is slowly rising and growing (image: Rebecca Wu)
Danakil expedition organiser Enku reports after our recent tour to this Ethiopian shield volcano that activity continues both at Erta Ale’s summit caldera and the fissure eruption site on its SE flank with sustained lava lakes. ... read all

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