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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-ongoing (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: New lava fountain episode showers villages with ash

Tue, 2 Mar 2021, 18:27
18:27 PM | BY: T
Lava fountain during Etna's paroxysm this afternoon (image: Tom Pfeiffer / VolcanoDiscovery)
Lava fountain during Etna's paroxysm this afternoon (image: Tom Pfeiffer / VolcanoDiscovery)
Eruption column above the New SE crater (image: Tom Pfeiffer / VolcanoDiscovery)
Eruption column above the New SE crater (image: Tom Pfeiffer / VolcanoDiscovery)
The ash plume bending towards the southern slopes during a short window of visibility (image: Tom Pfeiffer / VolcanoDiscovery)
The ash plume bending towards the southern slopes during a short window of visibility (image: Tom Pfeiffer / VolcanoDiscovery)
Golden sunlight filtered by volcanic ash and gasses with the eruption plume (image: Tom Pfeiffer / VolcanoDiscovery)
Golden sunlight filtered by volcanic ash and gasses with the eruption plume (image: Tom Pfeiffer / VolcanoDiscovery)
After little more than 2 days since Sunday's paroxysm, the 8th such episode of vigorous lava fountaining from the volcano's New SE crater occurred this afternoon. It was remarkable for its long duration.
Around noon, first signs of reactivation of the New SE crater could be noticed in the form of small, intermittent strombolian-type explosions. Starting from 13:24 local time, volcanic tremor began to rise sharply, the typical sign for the impending onset of a new paroxysm (lava fountaining episode).
The strombolian activity at the New SE crater quickly increased to become sustained lava fountains, which lasted for almost 2 and a half hours! Activity reached its climax around 15:00-15:30 and quickly decreased from 15:40 and ceased at 15:50. Unfortunately, most of the time, the summit region of Etna was hidden in clouds, but a brief window towards the end of the eruption allowed Tom and Marco to witness this extraordinary event from close.
As during the previous episodes, voluminous lava flows were erupted to the east into Valle del Bove and likely also to the south towards the Torre del Filosofo area.
A tall ash column rose to an unknown height, but of at least several kilometers. It was pushed and bent by northerly winds towards the south, where its fallout caused heavy ash fall on the southern slopes of Etna, in particular in Nicolosi village, San Gregorio, Trecastagni, Aci S. Antonio, Pedara as well as in the City of Catania.
The Fontanarossa airport of Catania was temporarily closed down due to the volcanic ash fall.

Previous news

Tue, 2 Mar 2021, 09:48
Etna's summit region seen from the east this morning. New SE crater to the left, and a small ash plume emitted from the Voragine (center) is visible.
For now, the volcano has remained mostly calm 48 hours since the latest lava fountaining episode. ... read all
Mon, 1 Mar 2021, 11:05
Residual activity at the New SE crater and bright glow from a vast bush fire near Monte Rinato last evening
Weak activity continues last night at the New SE crater, with weak lava flow emission from the eastern end of the main eruptive fissure, but gradually ceased during the night. ... read all
Mon, 1 Mar 2021, 09:13
The ash plume of Etna's 8th paroxysm in late Feb 2021 (image: Tom Pfeiffer / VolcanoDiscovery)
The latest lava fountaining episode, or paroxysm, occurred in the morning of Sunday 28 Feb 2021, after a longer interval than the previous six ones. After roughly three and a half day, the awaited number 7 episode of the current series of paroxysms occurred Sunday morning around 9 am local time. ... read all
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