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Erta Ale volcano (Ethiopia): lava lake drops but remains very active

Wed, 2 Mar 2016, 09:55
09:55 AM | BY: T
The lava lake of Erta Ale seen in late Dec 2015 (image: Enku Mulugheta)
The lava lake of Erta Ale seen in late Dec 2015 (image: Enku Mulugheta)
The level of the active lava lake in the volcano's southern pit crater of the summit caldera has sunk a bit again after its last overflow in mid January, but remains highly agitated. Our expedition leader Enku who was there with a small group from 12-15 February reported:
"Erta Ale is going down again to 5- 7 Meters from the rim of the caldera, but the activity is getting very wild at this time and it was very hard to walk on the the recently crusted flow.
The last flow went in every direction from the crater and covered the whole rim with fresh crust of gaseous basaltic pahoehoe lava.
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Mon, 18 Jan 2016, 12:05

Erta Ale volcano (Ethiopia): lava lake overflows

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