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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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Erta Ale volcano update: security and volcanic activity

Saturday Dec 16, 2017 08:58 AM |

Observers at the edge of Erta Ale´s summit lava lake around dawn, November 2015 (photo: Ingrid Smet - VolcanoAdventures)
Observers at the edge of Erta Ale´s summit lava lake around dawn, November 2015 (photo: Ingrid Smet - VolcanoAdventures)
Our Danakil expedition organiser and tour guide Enku has returned from a short visit to Erta Ale and informed us about both the security situation on the volcano as its activity at the summit.

Regarding the tragic incident that occurred on Sunday 3 December, he learned from his conversations with colleagues and local authorities that the German tourist was identified as Walter Roepert, age 63, and died on the scene while his translator got badly injured and is currently still being treated in Mekele hospital. The incident happened near the Eritrean Boarder where the two men were walking in a misdirected path that took them away from the rest of their large group. The Ethiopian authorities arrested some of the suspected police men and the armed Afar guides who might have opened fire when they mistook the two men as a potential threat. This tragic accident shows that despite the fact that there was no organised attack in the region since January 2012, the armed guards and local policemen are taking their duty seriously and tensions remain high, which is why it is so important to visit this area with an experienced expedition leader and trusted local guides.

The area remains open for tourism and continues to be secured by a combination of the Ethiopian Federal Force and special Afar force keeping. Tourism at Erta Ale seems not to have been influenced at all by this incident as all tours previously planned are being carried out as usual.

With regards to Erta Ale volcano´s activity, Enku informed us that the lava lake in the southern summit crater is very active and constantly changing. It is now an ellipse of about 100 m by 200 m and the lake has risen somewhat again, being about 35 m below the rim of the vent. As it rises, volcanic gasses can escape more easily and observation of the lava lake is once again getting better, not only during the nighttime but also for daytime observation.



-video of the summit lava lake taken early December by Naizgi Gebremedhin -
Previous news
Watching the lava lake of Erta Ale at dusk (image: Ingrid Smet / VolcanoAdventures)
Wednesday, Dec 06, 2017
Very sad news arrives from the Danakil desert where last Sunday 3 December a German tourist died and his Ethiopian guide got injured while they were climbing Erta Ale. The two were part of a larger tourist group which had traveled from Mekele and was making their way up to the summit of the volcano. ... [more]
Sentinel 2 satellite image of Erta Ale volcano taken on 17 August 2017 (image: SENTINEL2 / ESA-Copernicus data)
Thursday, Aug 24, 2017
Volcanic activity remains very high at Erta Ale, the shield volcano in the Danakil depression in northern Ethiopia. ... [more]

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017
One of the most remarkable eruptions in recent times on the African continent continues with little signs of ending. ... [more]
Erta Ale's eruption on SENTINEL 2 satellite imagery on 29 May 2017 (image: SENTINEL2 / ESA-Copernicus data; Composition / annotations: Culture Volcan)
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
The activity of the volcano remains intense and continues from both the summit (lava lake in south pit) and from the SE rift zone (lava lakes and lava flows). ... [more]
Erta Ale's eruption on SENTINEL 2 satellite imagery on March 30th (image: SENTINEL2 / ESA-Copernicus data; Composition / annotations: Culture Volcan)
Sunday, Apr 02, 2017
The activity remains very elevated at the volcano. Since the start of the (still ongoing) flank eruption in January, a second lava lake has formed at the flank eruption site and a growing lava field is active about 2-3 km northeast of it. ... [more]

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