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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:

Sun, 30 Dec 2018, 19:26
Ash emissions from Etna volcano yesterday (image: Emanuela Carone / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
The volcano remains highly restless. Although no more lava is being erupted right now, strong gas and dense ash emissions continue from the Bocca Nuova crater as a sign that magma is close to the surface. ...more [read all]
Thu, 27 Dec 2018, 17:06
Tall steam and ash plume rising from Etna's Bocca Nuova (GuidEtna webcam)crater
The decreasing trend in surface and earthquake activity on and around Etna continues and there is little to nothing left of the vigorous flank eruption that had started on Christmas Eve (24 Dec 2018). However, the volcano is far from quiet and there are indications that more and potentially more dangerous activity could be in the making. ...more [read all]
Tue, 25 Dec 2018, 18:09
Earthquakes under Etna volcano during the past 7 days
Bad weather has mostly prevented clear sights of the new flank eruption today, but it seems that while it is still going on, lava emission from the new fissure vent high in the Valle del Bove that opened yesterday has decreased. ...more [read all]
Tue, 25 Dec 2018, 15:15
Satellite image of Etna volcano on 25 Dec 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Toulouse (VAAC) issued the following report: ...more [read all]
Tue, 25 Dec 2018, 03:00
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Toulouse (VAAC) issued the following report: ...more [read all]
Mon, 24 Dec 2018, 23:11
Our Etna specialist Emanuela climbed Etna earlier today, witnessing the onset of the new flank eruption in the upper Valle del Bove. ...more
Mon, 24 Dec 2018, 17:54
Eruption of new lava flow from Etna this afternoon (image: LAVE webcam)
The following video shows the beginning of Etna volcano's new flank eruption, starting around noon on 24 Dec 2018: a series of quakes accompanies the progressive opening of several fractures, accompanied by strong ash emission, on and below the SE crater. ...more [read all]
Mon, 24 Dec 2018, 16:53
The new lava flow at Etna (image: LAVE webcam)
Beginning of darkness makes it easier to see what is going on: a flank eruption in from the a new effusive vent in the upper western headwall of the Valle del Bove, SE of the SE crater. ...more
Mon, 24 Dec 2018, 16:37
Today's Aqua satellite image of Etna volcano
The strong ash emissions can also be seen on satellite images - impressive!
Mon, 24 Dec 2018, 16:18
Location of the magnitude 4 quake earlier today under Etna volcano
Seismic activity at Etna is significant. The largest quake today so far has been a magnitude 4 quake at 2 km depth, at 13:09 local time, and widely felt around in the area. ...more

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