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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: minor activity or eruption warning (3 out of 5)
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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-ongoing(f)
 
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 Dec 2016, 19:05
Ash emissions from Etna's SE crater on 25 Dec 2016 (image: Boris Behncke / @etnaboris / twitter)
Small ash emission continue to occur sporadically from the "saddle vent" at the volcano's SE crater.
Tue, 27 Dec 2016, 17:15
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Toulouse (VAAC) issued the following report: ...more [read all]
Fri, 23 Dec 2016, 09:11
Ash venting from Etna's SE crater (image: INGV Catania via B. Behncke / facebook)
After several days of very bad weather, Etna is again free of clouds. This morning, the "saddle vent" of Etna's Southeast Crater (between the old and new SE crater) could be seen emitting small ash plumes. ...more
Sun, 11 Dec 2016, 18:50
Glow from Etna's Voragine crater yesterday night (image: Alessandro Lo Piccolo / facebook)
The volcano is showing signs of becoming more active again: Over the past few weeks, emissions of gas, steam and sometimes perhaps some dilute ash from the main vent in the Voragine summit crater have increased. In addition, intermittent weak glow can be detected from the same vent at night. This, too seems to have been becoming stronger and more frequent recently. ...more [read all]
Tue, 11 Oct 2016, 21:14
Current tremor amplitude (ESLN station / INGV Catania)
Etna mountain guide Marco Ponte reported that "the whole" of the Bocca Nuova crater has collapsed (subsided) by 50-70 meters since yesterday's explosion. ...more
Mon, 10 Oct 2016, 18:42
Thermal image (view from Bronte) of the explosion at Bocca Nuova crater (INGV Catania)
While on excursion in the summit area of Etna today, our guides felt an earthquake at noon. At 15:26, a sudden explosion occurred from the Bocca Nuova crater (the westernmost of the summit vents). ...more
Sat, 8 Oct 2016, 15:42
VIew of Etna's Bocca Nuova (foreground) and Voragine behind
The volcano has remained calm, at least on the surface, during the past weeks. During a visit of the summit region this morning, we had a fine view of the central crater complex (Bocca Nuova and Voragine), completely filled by the lava erupted during the paroxysm in May 2016. ...more
Mon, 29 Aug 2016, 09:04
Steam/ash plume from Etna's Voragine this morning
Over the past weeks, the volcano's activity (at Voragine and the New SE crater) has generally decreased and tremor levels are currently low. ...more [read all]
Thu, 11 Aug 2016, 09:28
Etna's new pit crater in Voragine (image taken by B. Behncke from western rim of Voragine on 10 Aug 2016 at sunset)
INGV Catania volcanologist Boris Behncke visited the summit region of Etna yesterday and observed a new active pit crater, about 20-30 m wide, located in the eastern inner wall of the Voragine crater. ...more
Tue, 9 Aug 2016, 13:23
Aerial view of Etna's summit crater with steaming Voragine crater (center) seen from the N (image: Sandro Dimola)
Weak strombolian activity continues inside the Voragina summit crater, which produces a tall steam column currently drifting into southerly directions when we observed it this morning during a helicopter overflight as part of a tour on Etna. ...more

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