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Etna volcano (Italy): new access rules - summit area open again for guided tours

Thu, 14 Aug 2014, 10:48
10:48 AM | BY: T
Visit to the summit crater of Etna volcano - access for guided groups now open again
Visit to the summit crater of Etna volcano - access for guided groups now open again
New access regulations for the summit region of Etna volcano have been agreed upon with the prefecture of Catania and the mountain guides.
While the summit area (above 2900 m a.s.l.) was often closed to everybody, even if accompanied by mountain guides, this limitation is now lifted: Groups accompanied by an accredited mountain guide may now access the summit area at their own judgement and risk even when the summit area is closed to the public.
This is a significant step towards a more liberal approach to make this unique, highly interesting, although potentially dangerous geologic environment available for a personal first-hand experience. It opens the way for those who would like to see the fascinating summit craters of Europe's most active volcano from close. If you are interested in a guided tour to Etna's summit area, have a look here.

Previous news

Wed, 13 Aug 2014, 18:17

Etna volcano update: Intense strombolian activty and lava flows from New SE crater

Powerful explosion at Etna New SE crater on 11 Aug 2014 (Photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
Strong strombolian explosions in rapid succession and lava effusion continue from the New SE crater with little variation during the past days. An ash plume is rising a few 100 m. Tremor has dropped a bit yesterday, but remains elevated. ... Read all
Wed, 13 Aug 2014, 06:00

Etna volcano (Sicily, Italy) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 13 August-19 August 2014 (Continuing Activity)

On 13 August INGV reported continued eruptive activity at New SE Crater of Etna, including Strombolian explosions accompanied by minor ash emissions. Lava continued to flow about 3 km NE towards Monte Simone. On 18 August INGV reported that the eruption at New SE Crater had ended on 15 August and lava flow activity had ceased as of 16 August. ... Read all
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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) 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), 2014-18, 2018(f), 2019-ongoing (s)
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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