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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)
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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.
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Desert, salt and volcanoes (14 days expedition to Erta Ale volcano and Dallol hydrothermal field (Danakil desert, Ethiopia))

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Erta Ale volcano (Ethiopia): lava lake overflows

Monday Jan 18, 2016 12:05 PM | BY: T

Erta Ale lava lake overflowing (archive image from Dec 2010)
Erta Ale lava lake overflowing (archive image from Dec 2010)
The lava lake of Erta Ale has overflown, our correspondents from Ethiopia reported. The first lava over-spilled the rim of the containing crater at midnight of 15-16 Jan 2016. It seems that the situation is similar to the spectacular events in November/December 2010 when the lava lake last overflowed.
More details and images will be posted as soon as possible. During our expeditions in Nov and Dec, the level of the lake had already been occasionally as close as only 1 meter beneath the rim.
If you like to join with short notice on this exciting trip, we still have some spaces left on the 7-20 February expedition.
Previous news
The lava lake of Erta Ale in late Nov 2015 (photo: Ingrid / VolcanoDiscovery)
Thursday, Dec 03, 2015
During our recent volcano expedition to the Danakil depression, we have observed the active lava lake of Erta Ale - which had been at very high level just a few meters before overflowing - for three continuous days (19-21 November 2015). ... [more]
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015
The lava lake in the southern pit of the caldera, 30-40 meters in diameter, remains very active and approaches again levels close to overflowing the margins of the pit, being only a few meters below the floor of the caldera. ... [more]

Thursday, Apr 09, 2015
Impressions from our latest expedition to the Danakil in Ethiopia with Erta Ale volcano and Dallol in Feb 2015 - a selection of tour photos by Dietmar Berendes. [more]
The lava lake of Erta Ale in late December 2013 (Photo copyright: Dominik Voegtli)
Friday, Jan 03, 2014
The level of Erta Ale's active lava lake in the southern pit crater has risen considerably during recent months and is now only about 5-10 m below the rim in some places. Check out some new pictures here. [more]

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