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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)
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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The best place to stay near Mt Etna is no doubt the Corsaro hotel, located a few 100 m from the cable car station at La Sapienza cable car station on Etna South: Hotel Corsaro

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Etna volcano updates and eruption news:

Etna volcano (Italy) activity update: no visible activity from New SE crater, elevated tremor likely from deep explosive activity within Northeast crater

Tuesday Feb 28, 2012 08:49 AM | BY: TOMPFEIFFER

Previous news
Saturday, Feb 25, 2012
Weak strombolian activity has resumed inside the New SE crater early on 24 February, Etna Walk reports. The eruptions were not observed directly, but could be clearly heard even from some distance such as Pedara village on the southern flank of Etna, and were occurring at intervals of tens of minutes over the day. No incandescence was seen at night, suggesting that this activity is still deep within the crater. ... [more]
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012
The tremor continues its gradual increase towards suspicious levels, but unfortunately, the weather is very bad at the moment to see what is going on. No explosions were noted during the previous 3 days, but an incandescent spot on the southern rim of the New SEC was visible, suggesting that temperatures there were increasing. Something might be in the making... [more]
Emissions of ash on the morning of February 16, 2012
Thursday, Feb 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. ... [more]
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]

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