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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:
Thu, 29 Oct 2015, 08:55
Strombolian activity inside Etna's Voragine crater (photo: Biagio Ragonese / EtnaWeb)
After several weeks of calm, new activity has started during the past days inside the central Voragine crater. Mild strombolian explosions have been observed from a vent at the bottom of the crater. ...more
Fri, 21 Aug 2015, 11:21
Ash emission from Etna's Voragine (photo: Boris Behncke / twitter)
Etna has been mostly calm during the past months. However, signs of unrest have appeared in the form of dilute ash emissions from the central crater (Voragine). ...more
Sat, 16 May 2015, 16:46
Lava flows from the New SE crater (INGV Monte Cagliato thermal webcam)
The eruption has almost ended. ...more
Fri, 15 May 2015, 16:51
Lava flows from Etna's New SE crater in the northern Valle del Bove (INGV Monte Cagliato thermal webcam)
The eruption continues, although its intensity has decreased compared to yesterday. ...more
Thu, 14 May 2015, 22:36
Strombolian activity and the lava flow this morning (14 May) (photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
A new paroxysm is occurring at the volcano. Increasing near-continuous strombolian eruptions occur from the summit vent of the New SE crater and a lava flow is issuing from a vent at its eastern base into Valle del Bove. Tremor is still rising. ...more
Tue, 12 May 2015, 18:55
Strombolian explosion at Etna's New SE crater this evening (Radiostudio7 webcam)
Strombolian activity began again today at the New SE crater. Accompanied by rising tremor, this activity is increasing at the moment. ...more
Sun, 12 Apr 2015, 15:02
Ash emission from Bocca Nuova (Montagnola thermal webcam, INGV Catania)
A short sequence of seismo volcanic events occurred a few hours ago ended with two ash explosions at the Bocca Nuova Crater.
Ash emission from Bocca Nuova (INGV webcam)
Mon, 2 Feb 2015, 01:25
Etna's SE crater with strombolian activity and the lava flow (photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
Sun, 1 Feb 2015, 23:43
The new lava flow on Etna's SW side seen from Catania (photo: Emanuele Zuccarello / Etna Walk)
More details start to emerge about the new eruptive phase. Strombolian activity from the SE crater accompanies important lava effusion, feeding an impressive lava flow. ...more
Sun, 1 Feb 2015, 19:32
Etna seen from Paternó on the SSW flank
The new eruptive phase continues. Dense cloud cover has prevented detailed observations, but from occasional clearings and other observations, it seems that the intense strombolian eruptions are going on from a vent between the old and New SE crater, feeding a lava flow, at least 2.5 km long onto the southwestern slope. ...more
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