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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 update: Impressive eruption column with circular umbrella cloud towering above Sicily

Fri, 19 Feb 2021, 09:41
09:41 AM | BY: T
The eruption plume from this morning's paroxysm of Etna (image: Sara Raciti)
The eruption plume from this morning's paroxysm of Etna (image: Sara Raciti)
The eruption column 20 minutes after (image: Sara Raciti)
The eruption column 20 minutes after (image: Sara Raciti)
Lava fountains of 5-700 m from the New SE crater (image: INGV thermal webcam)
Lava fountains of 5-700 m from the New SE crater (image: INGV thermal webcam)
The eruption seen on the INGV thermal webcam in Linguaglosse (NE side)
The eruption seen on the INGV thermal webcam in Linguaglosse (NE side)
About 45 minutes after the onset, the eruption is now at its peak, probably going to start to decrease soon.
An impressive eruption column is rising near vertically - thanks to only weak winds - from the New SE crater, to heights of estimated 20,000 ft (6.3 km) according to the latest bulletin of the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) of Toulouse. At altitude, it beautifully spreads into a near-circular cloud known as umbrella cloud.

Previous news

Fri, 19 Feb 2021, 09:12
Lava fountains at the New SE crater during the peak of the ongoing paroxysm (INGV thermal webcam)
UPDATE: the still ongoing paroxysm appears to be even more intense than its two predecessors and still not The height of the lava fountains is likely more in the range of 700 m, something which will be determined later by the volcano observatory. ... read all
Fri, 19 Feb 2021, 08:57
300 m lava fountain from Etna's New SE crater (image: INGV thermal webcam)
The rate with which intensity increases is impressive. Within a few minutes since the onset, the lava fountains have already reached heights of approx. 300 m and still grow... read all
Fri, 19 Feb 2021, 08:33
Thermal view from the south towards the New SE crater showing explosions at the summit vent and the lava flow (image: INGV thermal webcam)
Accompanied by steeply rising tremor, activity increases now by the minute. read all
Fri, 19 Feb 2021, 08:21
Thermal view of the New SE crater showing the lava flows starting to descend from the cone (image: INGV Catania thermal webcam)
Indications of a possible new paroxysm become stronger with the minute: lava flows have started to emerge from the summit vent of the New SE crater. ... read all

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