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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:

Etna volcano (Sicily): 17th paroxysm of the New SE crater (video)

Saturday Nov 23, 2013 11:11 AM | BY: TOM

Eruption of Etna this morning (Etna Trekking webcam image)
Eruption of Etna this morning (Etna Trekking webcam image)
The latest paroxysm (nr 17 in 2013) at the New SE crater of Mt Etna occurred this morning, just less than one week after the previous one last weekend.
First signs of activity had become evident last evening with weak occasional explosions at the New SE crater. The strombolian activity increased quickly starting from about 10:30 local time and merged into violent lava fountains. The eruption today was much faster than the previous ones, but the peak phase of lava fountaining, which only lasted about one hour, was particularly intense. It produced tall fountains and a large ash plume of about 6 km height that drifted to the NE (towards Taormina) where heavy ash fall occurred.

In addition, Etna continues to produce wonderful steam rings.

You can follow the activity live at webcams.volcanodiscovery.com (or if you are on a small mobile display, at the mobile optimized version).
Previous news

Thursday, Nov 21, 2013
Etna has quieted down (probably only for a short while), allowing us to post a few additional photos from the spectacular paroxysm last weekend. [more]
Lava fountain at the New SE crater during the 16th paroxysm in 2013
Sunday, Nov 17, 2013
As expected, another paroxysmal eruption took place at the New SE crater over night. This marks the 16th such event in 2013. ... [more]
Strombolian eruption at New SE crater 11 Nov 2013 evening
Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013
2 new sets of pictures from the beginning and end of the 10-11 Nov paroxysm: ... [more]
Monday, Nov 11, 2013
The awaited new paroxysm of Etna's NEW SE crater (#15 in 2013) started last night and is still in full progress. Unfortunately, a snow storm above the summit area prevents detailed observations, but judging from the seismic signal, this eruption is unusually long and intense (and still growing at the time of updating). Ash fall has been reported from villages to the E/NE (Zafferana, Milo etc), where the plume is carried to by strong Libeccio winds. [more]

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