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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-ongoing (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.

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Etna volcano update: Activity decreases

Mon, 14 Dec 2020, 07:16
07:16 AM | BY: T
Etna with strombolian activity from New SE crater and the new lava flow early this motning (image: INGV webcam)
Etna with strombolian activity from New SE crater and the new lava flow early this motning (image: INGV webcam)
The volcano this morning with NSEC still emitting light ash plumes and the lava flow now probably no more alimentated (image: INGV webcam)
The volcano this morning with NSEC still emitting light ash plumes and the lava flow now probably no more alimentated (image: INGV webcam)
Tremor signal ECME station (INGV Catania)
Tremor signal ECME station (INGV Catania)
During the early morning hours, the intense explosive-effusive activity that had started last night from the New SE summit crater decreased significantly.
Clearer pictures from this morning show that the protangonist of this eruptive episode was mainly the summit vent of the SE crater complex as well as what seems to be a fissure on its southern flank, emitting the new lava flow that has reached approx. 2700 m elevation and traveled west of the 2002 craters.
Ash emissions and strombolian activity continue at the summit vent, but at much lesser intensity than last night. Tremor has decreased, but remains well above the previous average levels confirming that activity continues at reduced rate.

Previous news

Mon, 14 Dec 2020, 00:37
Eruption of Etna volcano this evening (image: INGV webcam)
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. ... read all
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
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