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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°ECurrent status
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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.Last earthquakes nearby
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Etna volcano updates and eruption news:
Sun, 22 Sep 2013, 19:29
Sporadic small ash emissions have reappeared from the New SE crater during the past days, although weather conditions did not often allow direct observation. Since about 4 days ago, tremor has been showing a slowly rising trend, although it is still at low levels.
Tue, 17 Sep 2013, 09:01
Ash emission from New SE crater yesterday evening (LAVE webcam via etnawalk.it)
After a phase of complete quiet since 13 September, weak ash emissions occurred again at the New SE crater during the night 16-17 Sep, accompanied by a slight rise of tremor. This activity ceased again during the early hours of today. ...more
Mon, 16 Sep 2013, 00:08
Italy's Volcanoes - Dr. Boris Behncke's fantastic website about Etna and other Italian volcanoes back on the internet at www.italysvolcanoes.com
A jewel on the internet - one of (if not THE) most comprehensive and informative websites about Italy's volcanoes (and beyond), Dr. Boris Behncke's Italy's Volcanoes
is back on the internet, in its original version with no retouching. ...more
Wed, 4 Sep 2013, 10:33
A small ash emission was reported to have occurred yesterday morning from the New SE crater. This would likely be the first eruptive activity since the spectacular series of paroxysms in the first months of the year. ...more
Fri, 2 Aug 2013, 10:46
A cluster of earthquakes of magnitudes 2-3 occurred yesterday under the eastern flank near Sant Alfio, at depths around 7-8 km.
Wed, 3 Jul 2013, 16:21
Location of recent quakes under Etna volcano
A small swarm of earthquakes has occurred yesterday under the volcano's eastern flank near the town of Milo. INGV Catania has recorded several quakes around magnitude 0.7-1.3 at depths between 5-9 km.
Fri, 28 Jun 2013, 14:45
Except for a small swarm of earthquakes on 20 June, Etna continues to be calm.
Fri, 7 Jun 2013, 14:56
During a visit to the summit craters today, we could observe a new hot fumarole in the western pit of the Bocca Nuova, increased bluish degassing from a vent in the saddle between the old and new SE crater and hear deep-seated explosions inside the NE crater. ...more
Fri, 24 May 2013, 20:26
A swarm of shallow (3-6 km depth) earthquakes including several felt ones (magnitudes 2.9-3.5) occurred yesterday and today under the SE flank near Zafferana town. So far, no other unusual signs of activity have been reported, but the swarm could indicate something in the making, and the monitoring agency INGV is certainly following these events closely.
Thu, 23 May 2013, 15:28
Seismic trace of the 3.5 earthquake today (ESVO station, INGV Catania)
A shallow magnitude 3.5 earthquake occurred under the town of Zafferana, about 10 km east of the summit area this afternoon. ...more
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