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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 20210223/0446Z STRONG STROMB. ACTIVITY OBSERVED to 22000 ft (6700 m)

Tue, 23 Feb 2021, 06:00
06:00 AM | BY: VN
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Toulouse warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 22000 ft (6700 m) altitude or flight level 220 and is moving at 25 kts in NW direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX01 at 05:51 UTC, 23/02/21 from LFPW
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20210223/0551Z
VAAC: TOULOUSE
VOLCANO: ETNA 211060
PSN: N3744 E01500
AREA: ITALY
SUMMIT ELEV: 3330M
ADVISORY NR: 2021/35
INFO SOURCE: INGV WEBCAM, VONA, SAT IMAGERY
AVIATION COLOUR CODE: RED
ERUPTION DETAILS:ERUPTION AT 20210223/0446Z STRONG STROMB. ACTIVITY
OBSERVED
OBS VA DTG: 23/0600Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N3742 E01503 - N3745 E01409 - N3806 E01430 -
N3748 E01503 - N3742 E01503 MOV NW 25KT
FCST VA CLD +6 HR: 23/1200Z SFC/FL220 N3742 E01503 - N3806 E01318 -
N3821 E01348 - N3748 E01503 - N3742 E01503
FCST VA CLD +12 HR: 23/1800Z NO VA EXP
FCST VA CLD +18 HR: 24/0000Z NO VA EXP
RMK: NEW ASH-PRODUCING PLUME IS OBSERVED AT THE VOLCANO CRATERS.
NXT ADVISORY: NO LATER THAN 20210223/1200Z=

Previous news

Mon, 22 Feb 2021, 21:42
Intense strombolian activity at the eastern vent of the New SE crater
Yet another phase of lava fountaining, or paroxysms, is almost certainly about to start now. Volcanic tremor has started to rise sharply from low to now already high levels, and strombolian activity at the eastern vent of the New SE crater is becoming more and more intense and near-continuous. ... read all
Sun, 21 Feb 2021, 17:08
View of the eruption at night with its impressive umbrella cloud (image: Massiimo Lo Giudice / facebook)
Last night's eruptive episode of tall lava fountains, known as paroxysm, turned out to be one of the most impressive and powerful in recent years. Not only did it produce higher fire fountains than usually, but also it lasted longer than most other paroxysms. ... read all
Sat, 20 Feb 2021, 22:57
Lava fountain from Etna's New SE crater during the paroxysm on 20-21 Feb 2021 (image: thermal webcam INGV Catania)
The 4th paroxysm within little more than 4 days is occurring at the time of this update! Starting in the evening of 20 Feb 2021, the explosive activity at the New SE crater gradually increased and developed into sustained lava fountains now approx. 300 m tall, and still rising. ... read all

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