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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.

Erta Ale volcano tours:
Highlights of Ethiopia (15 days expedition and trekking to Erta Ale volcano, Dallol, Lalibela and Semien mountains (Ethiopia))
Desert, salt and volcanoes (14 days expedition to Erta Ale volcano and Dallol hydrothermal field (Danakil desert, Ethiopia))

Erta Ale (Ethiopia) volcano news:

Erta Ale volcano (Danakil, Ethiopia) activity update: new surface lava flows 3-4 km SE from summit caldera

Mon, 19 Aug 2019, 11:07
11:07 AM | BY: T
Satellite image of Erta Ale from 17 Aug 2019 showing the areas of new lava flows at the surface (image: Sentinal-hub)
Satellite image of Erta Ale from 17 Aug 2019 showing the areas of new lava flows at the surface (image: Sentinal-hub)
A series of relatively large lava surface flows is visible on recent satellite images, in locations between 3-4 km SE from the summit caldera.
Local reporters mentioned "new fissures", but more likely, these are new lava breakout flows from otherwise roofed-over channeled (underground) flows from the still ongoing fissure eruption that had started in early 2017.
As well, the lava lake appears to be still present (although still deep) in the southern pit crater of the summit caldera.
Previous news
Tue, 9 Jul 2019, 07:39
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. ... read all
Thu, 30 May 2019, 15:09
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
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
Wed, 25 Jul 2018, 15:54
The lava lake inside the Southern Crater of Erta Ale’s summit caldera, shown here on 26 June 2018, is slowly rising and growing (image: Rebecca Wu)
Danakil expedition organiser Enku reports after our recent tour to this Ethiopian shield volcano that activity continues both at Erta Ale’s summit caldera and the fissure eruption site on its SE flank with sustained lava lakes. ... read all
Tue, 17 Jul 2018, 16:50
Observing the nighttime glow of Erta Ale's active lava lake
Although visitor numbers increased significantly over the past years, the active lava lake of Erta Ale volcano and unique colourful scenery of Dallol’s hydrothermal fields remained more risky travel destinations due to their proximity to Ethiopia’s border with Eritrea. The decades long violent conflict between the two countries included the killing of 5 and kidnapping of 2 tourists visiting Erta Ale in January 2012. Following this deadly incident new safety measures involved military presence at all times on Erta Ale’s summit as well as armed Afar escorts for anyone traveling in these parts of the Danakil depression. Increased security made adventure travellers return to this one-off destination which recently saw a large increase in visitors as well as documentary coverage. The region will undoubtedly become even more popular now that the 8 July 2018 peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea unexpectedly made an end to one of Africa’s longest running conflicts. ... read all

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