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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 update: Activity resumes at Etna's New SE crater

Wednesday Apr 02, 2014 10:45 AM | BY: EMANUELA

Thermal image of the lava flow (Monte Cagliato webcam, INGV Catania)
Thermal image of the lava flow (Monte Cagliato webcam, INGV Catania)
Current tremor amplitude (ECPNZ station, INGV Catania)
Current tremor amplitude (ECPNZ station, INGV Catania)
After a few days of apparent calm, new activity resumes on Etna: weak strombolian activity occurs at the NSEC and renewed small lava effusion from a fissure vent at the eastern base of the cone.
Seismic tremor is slowly increasing
Previous news
Thermal image of Etna's eastern flank with the New SE crater (Monte Cagliato thermal webcam, INGV Catania)
Sunday, Mar 30, 2014
Since the end of lava effusion 3 days ago, Etna has remained all quiet and the recent flow field is now slowly cooling down. [more]
Etna's New SE crater this morning (Etna Trekking webcam on Schiena dell'Asino)
Thursday, Mar 27, 2014
During the night, the lava effusion and persistent mild explosive activity from the New SE crater ceased, after being nearly continuously active for over two months. ... [more]
Ash emission and plume of white vapour from the eruptive vents within the crater (Photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
Saturday, Mar 22, 2014
Mild strombolian activity is still continuing and ash emissions alternate with dense white vapour. ... [more]
Strombolian eruption at Etna's NSEC this evening (Radiostudio7 Montagnola webcam)
Thursday, Mar 20, 2014
Mild explosive activity continues at the New SE crater with little variation, but has now essentially become continuous. Weak lava effusion also continues to aliment small flows from vents at the eastern base of the cone. The tremor shows a fluctuating, but overall slowly increasing trend. [more]
Glow from weak strombolian activity at Etna's NSEC
Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014
There have been no significant changes in activity. Mild strombolian explosions continue at the summit vent of the New Southeast Crater (NSEC) and lava emission continues to feed flows from the effusive vents at the eastern side of the cone. [more]

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