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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)
Etna Volcano Special (volcano expedition to see Mt. Etna volcano' eruption)
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): earthquake swarm beneath eastern flank, ongoing lava activity

Sun, 24 Jan 2021, 13:53
13:53 PM | BY: T
Earthquakes today under Etna, locations (top) and time vs depth plot (below)
Earthquakes today under Etna, locations (top) and time vs depth plot (below)
View of strombolian activity from New SE crater last night (image: INGV webcam on Montagnola)
View of strombolian activity from New SE crater last night (image: INGV webcam on Montagnola)
This morning, a swarm of small earthquakes occurred beneath the eastern flank of the volcano. The seismic activity started early this morning at around 6 am local time.
So far, almost 50 quakes have been recorded with magnitudes of up to 2.3, and the activity seems to be continuing.
Most quakes were located at depth between 10-20 km and are arranged in a east-west trending linear area between the summit and Giarre town, mostly centered below the town of Sant'Alfio.
The location of quakes in a E-W pattern suggests that a fault zone has been activated in this area. Whether it is associated with magma intrusion along a corresponding dyke at depth, or caused purely by tectonic movements, or a combination of both, is difficult to say.
At the surface, Etna continues to be very active. When visibility allowed, glow and strombolian-type explosions could be seen from the New SE crater as well as Voragine central crater, and possible other vents as well. Volcanic tremor remains elevated, reflecting the current above-average supply of magma reaching the vents as lava.

Previous news

Wed, 20 Jan 2021, 08:29
Strong activity at Etna's New SE crater during the night (image: LAVE webcam from Schiena dell'Asino)
Last night's activity of vigorous and near-constant strombolian explosions from the eastern summit vent of the New SE crater continued to increase, but judging from webcam imagery, it did not quite reach the intensity of previous paroxysms with true lava fountains. ... read all
Wed, 20 Jan 2021, 00:17
Strong explosions from Etna's New SE crater this evening
During the past hours, activity from the New SE crater has been increasing significantly and is currently showing intense and near-constant strombolian explosions. It seems very much as if it is heading for another paroxysm in the next hours if not less. ... read all
Tue, 19 Jan 2021, 16:26
Lava fountain from Etna's New SE crater last night (image: Massimo Lo Giudice / facebook)
Yesterday evening, activity at the volcano increased quickly into another phase of lava fountaining, known as paroxysm, from the New SE crater. ... read all

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