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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: erupting (4 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), 2014-18, 2018(f), 2019 (s)
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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 (Italy), activity update: new ash emissions from the New Southeast Crater

Thursday Feb 16, 2012 11:01 AM | BY: T

Emissions of ash on the morning of February 16, 2012
Emissions of ash on the morning of February 16, 2012
New ash eruptions have started from Etna's New SE crater. Etna-walk.com informs weak ash emissions were first seen this morning on the webcam and were occurring at a frequency of a few minutes of each other, originating from the summit crater of the cone. The ash plumes rose a few tens of meters beyond the crater edge and were then blown to the east into the Valle del Bove. It was not possible to estimate the exact time this activity has started (due to bad weather preventing detailed observations in recent days). At the moment, visibility is limited due to intermittent cloud cover in the summit area.
Whether this heralds another slow (or fast?) build-up towards paroxysm nr 21, the next days or weeks will tell!
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Previous news
Thursday, Feb 09, 2012
Another spectacular paroxysmal eruption occurred from Etna's New SE crater during the night of 8-9 February, marking the 20th such episode since 2011 or the second in 2012. The eruption followed an approximate 10 day period of intermittent strombolian activity which increased during the afternoon of 8 February and reached its peak with tall lava fountains after midnight, and large lava flows into the Valle del Bove. ... [more]
Tuesday, Feb 07, 2012
Sporadic strombolian eruptions continue from the New SE crater of Etna, but - in contrast to previous such episodes - no new paroxysm has yet occurred. The volcanic tremor shows a slightly increasing trend with more fluctuations than normally. ... [more]
Sunday, Feb 05, 2012
The volcanic tremor has been increasing, suggesting a new paroxysm in the making. Now it is dropping again. [more]
Strombolian activity caught on one of the webcams of Etna (thanks to Vanessa B. on facebook)
Thursday, Feb 02, 2012
New strombolian activity from the New SE crater has been observed from webcams, together with a fluctuating, but overall slightly rising tremor signal in the past hours. Whether this is the start of a new paroxysmal eruption will probably be clearer during the next hours or tomorrow. [more]

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