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Etna volcano
Complex stratovolcano Currently about 3329 m (changing due to eruptive activity and collapse of its crater rims)
Sicily, Italy, 37.75°N / 14.99°E
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5) Etna volcano eruptions:
Near continuously active; some major historic eruptions include 122 BC (large Plinian outbursts that created the small caldera of the "Cratere del Piano"), 1669 AD (devastating flank eruption that destroyed 15 villages and part of Catania), 1787 (Subplinian eruption and one of the most spectacular summit eruptions on record - lava fountains reportedly up to 3000 m high).
Eruptions since 1950 (f: flank / s: summit activity): 1950 (s), 1950-51(f), 1955 (s), 1956 (s), 1956 (f), 1957 (s),1960 (s), 1961 (s), 1964 (f), 1964 (s), 1966 (s), 1966-1971(s), 1968 (f), 1971(f), 1972-1973 (s), 1974 (f), 1974-1975 (s), 1975-1977 (f), 1977-1978 (s), 1978 (f), 1979(s), 1979 (f), 1980 (s), 1981 (s), 1981 (f),1982-1983 (s), 1983(f), 1984(s), 1985(s), 1985(f), 1986(s), 1986-1987 (f), 1987(s), 1988(s), 1989(s), 1989(f), 1990 (s), 1991-93(f), 1995(s), 1996(s), 1997 (s), 1998 (s), 1999 (s), 2000 (s), 2001(s), 2001 (f), 2002(s), 2002-03(f), 2004-2005 (f), 2006 (s), 2007 (s), 2008-2009 (f), 2010(s), 2011-2013(s), 2014-18, 2018(f), 2019 (s), 2020 (s)
Typical eruption style:
Effusive (lava flows) and mildly explosive (strombolian) eruptions. Both summit and frequent flank eruptions, the latter seem to be occurring in clusters lasting few to a few tens of years.

Etna volcano tours:
Volcanoes of Italy - the Grand Tour (15-days study & walking tour from Vesuvius to Etna)
Etna Trekking Tour (private and group tours to Etna volcano with a mountain guide)
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Etna Discovery (8-days hiking & study tour on Mt. Etna volcano, Italy)
From Stromboli to Etna (9-day walking & study tour to Stromboli, Lipari, Vulcano and Etna with our expert volcanologist)

Etna volcano (Italy): strong eruption from New SE crater

Mon, 14 Dec 2020, 00:37
00:37 AM | BY: T
Eruption of Etna volcano this evening (image: INGV webcam)
Eruption of Etna volcano this evening (image: INGV webcam)
The moment the dense ash plume drifts towards the camera, blocking most of the view
The moment the dense ash plume drifts towards the camera, blocking most of the view
A strong eruptive episode (likely to be classified as paroxysm) is now in progress at the volcano's New SE summit crater: starting from around 21:20 local time on 13 Dec evening, strombolian activity from one of the crater's vents (likely the so-called saddle vent) began to increase gradually.
Activity quickly intensified again an hour later, accompanied by a strongly rising signal of volcanic tremor indicating rapid magma flux towards the surface. Although difficult to judge from webcam imagery, it appears that the crater started to produce lava fountains of up to perhaps a few 100 m height, as well as a tall and dense ash plume that rose to estimated 5 km altitude, according to the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Toulouse.
At the same time, a rapidly advancing lava flow emerged from either the summit or a new flank vent on the southern slope of the crater, branching into two main arms flowing around the 2002 craters.
The activity at the time of this update is still continuing. More details will be likely be published by the volcano observatory in the morning.
Here's a time-lapse of the INGV webcam on Montagnola:


UPDATE Mon 14 Dec morning:
Volcanologists confirmed that the eruption took place from both the so-called saddle vent between the older and younger summits of the SE crater complex as well as a fissure that opened on the SW flank of the cone.
During the peak of activity yesterday late evening, lava fountains were produced from both vents and two lava flows were issued, one traveling to the SW west of the 2002 craters towards Monte Frumento Supino, the other SE to the Torre del Filosofo area.

Previous news

Tue, 20 Oct 2020, 13:32
Strombolian activity from Etna's SE crater on Saturday night
Volcanic activity at continues with little changes during the past months. When observed over the last weekend during our recent our small group tour to Stromboli and Etna, we observed mild to moderate strombolian explosions at the New SE crater. ... read all
Thu, 8 Oct 2020, 08:02
Strombolian activity from Etna volcano yesterday (image: @etnaboris/twitter)
The activity of the volcano continues at elevated levels due to ongoing strong strombolian activity from the New SE crater. ... read all

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