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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 (Italy): new paroxysm at New SE crater (nr 18 in 2013) & video

Thursday Nov 28, 2013 16:01 PM | BY: TOMPFEIFFER

Lava fountain from the New SE crater (Radiostudio7 webcam)
Lava fountain from the New SE crater (Radiostudio7 webcam)
Pulsating lava fountains at the New SE crater of Etna (View from Pizzo Deneri, Etna Trekking webcam)
Pulsating lava fountains at the New SE crater of Etna (View from Pizzo Deneri, Etna Trekking webcam)
Seismic signal (ESPC station) showing the strong increase in tremor
Seismic signal (ESPC station) showing the strong increase in tremor
A new paroxysm has started at the New SE crater. Following weak strombolian activity during the past days, this afternoon, started to rise steeply this afternoon. At the time of this update, there are increasingly strong strombolian explosions or pulsating lava fountains at the New SE crater and an ash plume has started to rise. Bad weather inhibits good observations, but occasional views can be obtained occasionally.

Time-lapse video of Etna volcano's latest paroxysm (eruption with tall lava fountains) from the New SE crater on 28 November 2013. Images from Radiostudio7's webcam placed SSW of the crater near Monte Frumento Supino. The video ends while the eruption is at its peak and still increasing, but cloud cover becomes more dense and visibility reduced. The eruption produced a tall ash plume that triggered the temporary closure of Catania's Fontanarossa airport.
You can follow the eruption "live" at our interactive webcam viewer.
Previous news
Eruption of Etna this morning (Etna Trekking webcam image)
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013
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. ... [more]

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]

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