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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 (Ethiopia) volcano news:

Erta Ale volcano (Ethiopia): intense activity continues, possible lava flows outside the caldera (?)

Thursday Dec 29, 2016 19:40 PM | BY: T

Hot spots on Erta Ale (MODIS data, Univ. Hawai'i)
Hot spots on Erta Ale (MODIS data, Univ. Hawai'i)
Activity remains elevated at the volcano in the Danakil. The latest available information show simultaneous effusive activity from both the north and the south crater - the latter, which contained the famous lava lake has been overflowing and building a new lava shield that started to partially fill the summit caldera.
It seems that lava flows have started to overflow even outside the caldera through the low part of the rim on the NE side (judging from satellite data).
Our next Erta Ale Volcano Special tour is soon (on 14 Jan) leaving for the volcano to stay 4 days and nights. Participants will hopefully be able to provide fresh information from the field.
Previous news

Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016
Two participants on our tour in mid-late November sent us impressions from the very active Erta Ale volcano (lava lake currently overflowing) and Dallol (increased activity at the hot springs). ... [more]
Overflow of Erta Ale's lava lake (Nov 2010 archive image)
Sunday, Nov 13, 2016
The lava lake in the volcano's southern pit crater started again to overflow repeatedly since early November. Fresh lava flows have been covering significant parts of the caldera floor, our expedition leader reported. ... [more]
The lava lake of Erta Ale seen in late Dec 2015 (image: Enku Mulugheta)
Wednesday, Mar 02, 2016
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: ... [more]
Erta Ale lava lake overflowing (archive image from Dec 2010)
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. ... [more]
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]

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