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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
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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)
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 updates and eruption news:
Sat, 31 Mar 2012, 09:57
The tremor signal has started to rise sharply, which could mean that the 23rd paroxysm of the New SE crater is about to occur.
Fri, 30 Mar 2012, 13:25
Since this morning, weak Strombolian activity and ash emissions have been observed at the New SE crater. This could be the start of a build-up towards another paroxysm if the eruption pattern is the same as during most of the previous 22 eruptions since early 2011. At the moment, tremor signal is quiet low, but as the past has shown, it could change very quickly. The next paroxysm could probably occur anywhere between today and the next 2 weeks.
Mon, 19 Mar 2012, 07:53
Another paroxysm has occurred at the New SE crater of Etna volcano yesterday 18 March 2012. This marks the 22nd eruption of this type since the start of the series in January 2010. ...more read all
Sat, 17 Mar 2012, 16:48
Since this morning, weak explosive activity has been observed from the new South East crater of Etna volcano. ...more
Sun, 11 Mar 2012, 11:05
Sun, 4 Mar 2012, 07:55
The eruption column with large steam clouds hiding the lava fountain rising from the New SE crater
The 21st paroxysmal eruption of Etna's New SE crater started early on 4 March, following a week of intermittent strombolian activity and accompanied by a steep rise of volcanic tremor. Lava fountains several 100 m tall were rising from the summit crater during the peak phase of the eruption, generating a 2-3 km tall tephra and steam plume, which rose almost vertically due to the absence of strong winds, and drifted SE. ...more read all
Sat, 3 Mar 2012, 18:19
Occasional strombolian explosions are occurring from the summit vent of the New SE crater. At the moment, the tremor signal is very low and not indicating that a paroxysm is to be expected in the immediate future.
Thu, 1 Mar 2012, 16:58
Sporadic strombolian activity has resumed at the New SE crater early on 29 February. Explosions have been occuring at varying intervals between few minutes and more than 2 hours. The explosions were up to a few tens of meters high and occasionally threw incandescent bombs onto the southern flank of the cone.
Tue, 28 Feb 2012, 08:49
Sat, 25 Feb 2012, 00:04
Weak strombolian activity has resumed inside the New SE crater early on 24 February, Etna Walk reports. The eruptions were not observed directly, but could be clearly heard even from some distance such as Pedara village on the southern flank of Etna, and were occurring at intervals of tens of minutes over the day. No incandescence was seen at night, suggesting that this activity is still deep within the crater. ...more
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