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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 Volcanic Ash Advisory: ERUPTION AT 20210220/2050Z EXPLOSIVE ACTIVITY WITH ASH EMISSION to 20000 ft (6100 m)

Sat, 20 Feb 2021, 21:15
21:15 PM | BY: VN
Satellite image of Etna volcano on 20 Feb 2021
Satellite image of Etna volcano on 20 Feb 2021
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Toulouse warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 20000 ft (6100 m) altitude or flight level 200 and is moving at 10 kts in SE direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX01 at 21:13 UTC, 20/02/21 from LFPW
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20210220/2112Z
VAAC: TOULOUSE
VOLCANO: ETNA 211060
PSN: N3744 E01500
AREA: ITALY
SUMMIT ELEV: 3330M
ADVISORY NR: 2021/26
INFO SOURCE: INGV WEBCAM, VONA
AVIATION COLOUR CODE: RED
ERUPTION DETAILS:ERUPTION AT 20210220/2050Z EXPLOSIVE ACTIVITY WITH
ASH EMISSION
OBS VA DTG: 20/2115Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N3745 E01500 - N3738 E01530 - N3721 E01515 -
N3745 E01500 MOV SE 10KT
FCST VA CLD +6 HR: 21/0315Z NOT PROVIDED
FCST VA CLD +12 HR: 21/0915Z NOT PROVIDED
FCST VA CLD +18 HR: 21/1515Z NOT PROVIDED
RMK: HEIGHT OF ASH CLOUD ESTIMATED
NXT ADVISORY: NO LATER THAN 20210220/2210Z=

Previous news

Sat, 20 Feb 2021, 20:14
Strombolian explosion at Etna's New SE crater this evening (image: LAVE webcam)
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. ... read all
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

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