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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 - likely new paroxysm underway!

Sat, 20 Feb 2021, 20:14
20:14 PM | BY: T
Strombolian explosion at Etna's New SE crater this evening (image: LAVE webcam)
Strombolian explosion at Etna's New SE crater this evening (image: LAVE webcam)
Current tremor signal (image: INGV Catania)
Current tremor signal (image: INGV Catania)
As the same time interval (approx. 35 hours) as between the past 3 lava fountaining episodes or paroxysms has now passed since the last eruption yesterday morning, it is now a guessing game whether Etna is now heading to produce the 4th in a new series.
It might well be: during the past hours, strombolian activity from the New SE crater and volcanic tremor have been showing an increasing trend, but it is still to early to be sure.
It might be worth following the activity during the next hours on the numerous Etna volcano webcams...
UPDATE: tremor is rising sharply by the minute - it appears almost certain that the 4th paroxysm is now about to start!

Previous news

Fri, 19 Feb 2021, 10:19
The New SE crater after the end of the lava fountains (image: thermal INGV webcam)
After little more than an hour with impressive fire fountains, the eruption quickly ceased and is now over. The lava flows to the south and east continue to descend, but may no longer be alimented. read all
Fri, 19 Feb 2021, 09:41
The eruption plume from this morning's paroxysm of Etna (image: Sara Raciti)
About 45 minutes after the onset, the eruption is now at its peak, probably going to start to decrease soon. read all
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

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