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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.

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Etna volcano update: Rising tremor - maybe new paroxysm underway?

Fri, 19 Feb 2021, 08:08
08:08 AM | BY: T
Diffuse ash is rising from Etna's SE crater (image: INGV webcam)
Diffuse ash is rising from Etna's SE crater (image: INGV webcam)
Current tremor signal (image: INGV Catania)
Current tremor signal (image: INGV Catania)
SO2 plume from yesterday's eruption (image: Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronom)
SO2 plume from yesterday's eruption (image: Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronom)
Approx. 30 hours have passed since the last lava fountain episode or paroxysm at Etna, which followed after 30 hours after the preceding one.
In the past, Etna has been known for producing series of paroxysms at similar, surprising regular intervals. Obviously, the question now is whether the next one will follow this pattern or not. At the time of writing this post, tremor seems to be rising indeed, first sign that activity increases.
At the surface, the New SE crater seems to have sporadic mild explosions, with a light ash plume rising.
Follow Etna live at: webcams.volcanodiscovery.com/Etna
As to yesterday's paroxysm, the sudden large release of SO2 can still be traced on satellite data, the plume now having reached the northern coast of Africa.

Previous news

Thu, 18 Feb 2021, 08:49
Lava fountains from Etna last night (image: Massimo Lo Giudice / facebook)
Less than 30 hours after Tuesday's spectacular paroxysm (lava-fountaining episode), the volcano gave again an impressive display of fire, producing another similar and very powerful eruption last night. ... read all
Tue, 16 Feb 2021, 21:15
Lava fountain during Etna's paroxysm this afternoon (image: Massimo Lo Giudice / facebook)
This afternoon, Etna produced a very spectacular lava-fountaining eruptive episode, known as paroxysm. ... read all

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