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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 SE crater calms down, while central crater shows impressive fireworks

Wed, 3 Mar 2021, 15:36
15:36 PM | BY: T
Residual lava effusion at New SE crater (l) and vigorous strombolian burst from Voragine (c) last night
Residual lava effusion at New SE crater (l) and vigorous strombolian burst from Voragine (c) last night
Closer view of the New SE crater with the cooling main lava flow from the previous paroxysm to the lower left and a small still active flow from the eastern end of its eruptive fissure
Closer view of the New SE crater with the cooling main lava flow from the previous paroxysm to the lower left and a small still active flow from the eastern end of its eruptive fissure
After yesterday's particularly long-lasting fire fountaining eruption from the New SE crater, activity had dropped back to similar levels as before.
Weak lava effusion, as well as secondary lava flows from sliding hot material on the steep slopes of the crater continued from the eruptive fissure of the New SE crater during the rest of the day and part of the night, but gradually died down.
Seemingly unaffected by the activity of its younger neighbor, the central summit crater Voragine has continued to show sometimes strong strombolian explosions at intervals ranging from 5-10 minutes. Judging from our visual impression over the past few days, this activity appeared to have increased since yesterday.
Whether or not Etna is heading to another paroxysm in the near future remains open to speculation, but based on the currently still quite regular rhythm of so far 8 episodes in just two weeks, it seems rather likely that another one could be expected to occur in the next 1,2 days.

Previous news

Tue, 2 Mar 2021, 18:27
Lava fountain during Etna's paroxysm this afternoon (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. ... read all
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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