Erta Ale volcano (Danakil depression, Ethiopia): glowing lava lake visible even at day + field report

Tue, 1 Feb 2022, 03:19
03:19 AM | BY: MARTIN
The lava lake within the southern crater at Erta Ale volcano (image: Enku Mulugeta)
The lava lake within the southern crater at Erta Ale volcano (image: Enku Mulugeta)
The lava lake is even visible in the sunlight (image: Enku Mulugeta)
The lava lake is even visible in the sunlight (image: Enku Mulugeta)
Satellite image of the lava lake at Erta Ale volcano from 28 Jan (image: Sentinel 2)
Satellite image of the lava lake at Erta Ale volcano from 28 Jan (image: Sentinel 2)
Our expedition leader and guide from VolcanoDiscovery Ethiopia, Enku Mulugeta, visited the volcano during 28-29 January. From recent observations, the activity seems to have increased since the last field trip.
The lava lake with approx. 200 meters in diameter continues to occupy the central part of the southern crater and is clearly visible even in the sunlight confirming the temperature over 1000 °C. From time to time, small lava fountains occur.
The lava lake level has uplifted by 30 meters from the last observations.
The most significant change is the southern crater's morphological size and shape change as the cave feature sunk and extended the crater wall.

Previous news

Sat, 8 Jan 2022, 02:18
The lava lake within the southern crater at Erta Ale volcano (image: Enku Mulugeta)
The recent field observation of our expedition leader and guide from VolcanoDiscovery Ethiopia, Enku Mulugeta, confirmed that the volcano's south crater went through little morphological changes before the current eruption started. ... Read all
Wed, 5 Jan 2022, 03:27
Glow from the current lava lake at Erta Ale volcano (image: Seifegebreil Shifferaw/facebook)
Visual observations from Seifegebreil Shifferaw confirm that the lava lake is occupying the summit crater now and is back after 5 years of inactivity! ... Read all
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