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Erta Ale volcano (Ethiopia): lava lake overflows

Mon, 18 Jan 2016, 12:05
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.

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Thu, 3 Dec 2015, 10:33

Erta Ale volcano (Ethiopia): field report 19-21 Nov 2015 - lava lake at high levels

The lava lake of Erta Ale in late Nov 2015 (photo: Ingrid / VolcanoDiscovery)
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). ... Read all
Sat, 21 Nov 2015, 06:39

Erta Ale volcano (Ethiopia): lava lake very active, close to overflowing

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. ... 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.

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