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1873(?), 1903(?), 1904(?), 1906, 1940, 1960, 1967-2004, 2005-ongoingTypical eruption style:
Effusive. Persistant lava lake.Last earthquakes nearby
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Erta Ale (Ethiopia) volcano news:
Erta Ale volcano (Ethiopia): lava lake drops but remains very active
Wednesday Mar 02, 2016 09:55 AM | BY: T
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.
Monday, Jan 18, 2016
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. ...
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). ...
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. ...
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
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