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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, 12 Dec 2015, 16:19
Ash emissions from Etna's NE crater
The NE crater started again to produce puffs of ash, generating small plumes drifting southwest.
Etna seen from the north with ash emission from NE crater
Fri, 11 Dec 2015, 08:49
Etna this morning
The volcano is at the moment calm. During Wednesday, the initially strong ash-venting activity from the NE crater decreased and stopped yesterday. ...more
Wed, 9 Dec 2015, 13:45
Ash emissions from NE crater
Ash emissions from NE crater continue, but seem to be decreasing in intensity. ...more
Wed, 9 Dec 2015, 08:04
Ash emission from Etna's NE crater this morning
Another of the summit vents seems to be becoming protagonist in the current eruptive phase: the NE crater has been producing near-continous small to moderate ash emissions throughout the night and the morning. Incandescence was occasionally seen at the base of the plumes as well, suggesting strombolian activity. ...more
Tue, 8 Dec 2015, 19:35
This morning's earthquakes at the Pernicana fault of Etna
Over the morning, surface activity at Etna's New Southeast Crater strongly decreased, and the lava flow seems no longer be active now. Tremor has dropped as well, but ash emissions and occasional explosions continue from several of the summit craters, including the Northeast. ...more
Tue, 8 Dec 2015, 09:09
Lava flow from Etna's New SE crater this morning
Lava fountaining from the pit crater on the upper New SE cone's flank continued all day yesterday and fed a lava flow with two branches, the main one headed to the east reaching quickly the Valle del Bove, a lesser one to the NE base of the cone. ...more
Sun, 6 Dec 2015, 15:12
Lava fountaining and lava flow from NSEC (Photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
The activity at the New SE crater has been continuous all day and is still gradually increasing. A low lava fountain feeds a lava flow from the new pit crater. This flow occasionally generates small pyroclastic flows as parts of its front collapse on the steep slope. ...more
Sun, 6 Dec 2015, 09:24
Ash plume from Etna's New SE crater (r)
Activity at the volcano remains elevated, but a significant change is occurring: ...more
Sat, 5 Dec 2015, 15:48
Lava fountain during Etna's 4th Voragine paroxysm
The speed at which activity increases is truly impressive. Even from webcams located more or less downwind (i.e. receiving much ash blocking clear view), the lava fountain is now visible clearly.
Sat, 5 Dec 2015, 15:46
Lava fountain and ash plume from Voragine
The 4th lava fountaining episode in less than 3 days has began at Etna's Voragine. Intermittent strombolian activity, elevated throughout the day since the end of last night's paroxysm, has now merged into sustained jets (fountains) of lava. An ash plume is again rising several kilometers. ...more
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