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Erta Ale volcano (Danakil, Ethiopia) activity update: continuing flank eruption

Tue, 9 Jul 2019, 07:39
07:39 AM | BY: T
Satellite image of Erta Ale from yesterday with hot spots on the SE flank and at the summit (image: Sentinel Hub)
Satellite image of Erta Ale from yesterday with hot spots on the SE flank and at the summit (image: Sentinel Hub)
No significant changes have occurred at the volcano during the past weeks. The flank eruption (which had started in early 2017) is still going on, gradually enlarging the vast new lava flow field on the southern and eastern flanks.
Right now, active flow fronts are present at approx. 5 km SE of the summit caldera where the lava lake is also present, but still relatively deep in the southern pit crater.
The following video shows the evolution of the volcano as an animated series of satellite imagery from 2015 until June 2019:
No significant changes have occurred at the volcano during the past weeks. The flank eruption (which had started in early 2017) is still going on, gradually enlarging the vast new lava flow field on the southern and eastern flanks.
Right now, active flow fronts are present at approx. 5 km SE of the summit caldera where the lava lake is also present, but still relatively deep in the southern pit crater.
The following video shows the evolution of the volcano as an animated series of satellite imagery from 2015 until June 2019:

Previous news

Thu, 30 May 2019, 15:09

Erta Ale volcano (Danakil, Ethiopia): new fissure eruption on lower ESE flank

Satellite image of Erta Ale from yesterday shows a new hot spot (possible area with new lava flows) on the ESE flank (image: Sentinal-hub)
A satellite image taken yesterday shows a new hot spot on the SES flank, at about 12 km distance from the summit caldera. Following the report of a possible eruption from the Afdera region, this is likely the area in question and thus becomes a report of Erta Ale volcano instead. ... Read all
Fri, 12 Oct 2018, 08:28

Erta Ale (Ethiopia): summit lava lake revives as activity at flank eruption site slows down

Daytime view of the active lava lake is often obscured by strong degassing (image: Enku Mulugetu, September 2018)
Our Ethiopian expedition organiser Enku made a reconnaissance trip to Erta Ale in September and reported the current status of this continuously changing active volcano. It appears that over summer the lava lake in the summit crater slowly rose and remains very active, but that the fissure eruption at the volcano's south flank (which started during the dramatic change of volcanic activity mid January 2017) slowed down. ... 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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