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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 update: Paroxysm from New SE crater ?

Sunday Jun 15, 2014 15:52 PM | BY: T

Eruption at Etna's New SE crater
Eruption at Etna's New SE crater
Current tremor amplitude (ESLN station, INGV Catania)
Current tremor amplitude (ESLN station, INGV Catania)
A violent phase of explosive / effusive activity began over night. Strombolian activity at the New SE crater and volcanic tremor started to increase last evening. This increase continued throughout the night and this morning,- great luck for those on our current tour to Stromboli - Vulcano and Etna.
At the moment, tremor is stagnating, and it is not clear whether the current eruptive phase will culminate in a true paroxysm (lava fountaining).
Near-continuous explosions from the several vents at the summit of the NSEC occur in rapid succession and eject glowing spatter to heights of 100-200 m during in what could be described as pulsating lava fountains. A vent at the eastern part of the summit occasionally ejects dark jets of ash. Brown ash plumes rise from time to time from the northeastern rim of the crater, presumably from collapse events.
Unfortunately, heavy cloud cover, and thunderstorms around noon/early afternoon that deposited approx. 10 cm of fresh hail prevented detailed observations during most of the afternoon.
Starting from early this morning, several lava flows were effused that descended from the summit through the valley on the SE side of the crater and headed slowly towards the Valle del Bove rim.
Previous news
Strombolian explosion at Etna's NSEC this evening (Radiostudio7 webcam)
Friday, Jun 13, 2014
No changes in activity have occurred. Sporadic small strombolian explosions continue from the summit crater of the New SE crater. Tremor is low. [more]
Strombolian activity at Etna's NSEC  seen from Catania
Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014
Mild strombolian activity is still continuing at the New SE crater. ... [more]
Partial collapse on the eastern flank of the New SE crater ((Radiostudio7 webcam)
Sunday, Jun 08, 2014
Glow and ash emissions continue to be observed at the summit vent of the New SE crater. The intensity of this still weak activity slowly increased this morning with 5-10 small explosions per hour. ... [more]
Strombolian explosion at Etna's NSEC past night (Radiostudio7 webcam)
Saturday, Jun 07, 2014
No particular changes have occurred recently. Very sporadic and weak strombolian explosions continue at the summit vent of the New SE crater. Bocca Nuova also continues to produce sporadic ash emissions. [more]
Weak (but among the strongest during past night) strombolian activity at the New SE crater
Sunday, Jun 01, 2014
Activity has decreased. No new ash emissions from the Bocca Nuova could be noticed on webcam images and the strombolian activity at the New SE crater, although still present, has weakened and become much more sporadic as well. [more]

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