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Complex stratovolcano Currently about 3329 m (changing due to eruptive activity and collapse of its crater rims)
Sicily, Italy, 37.75°N / 14.99°ECurrent status
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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.Last earthquakes nearby
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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 update: Ash emissions from SE crater
Friday Dec 23, 2016 09:11 AM | BY: T
Ash venting from Etna's SE crater (image: INGV Catania via B. Behncke / facebook)
After several days of very bad weather, Etna is again free of clouds. This morning, the "saddle vent" of Etna's Southeast Crater (between the old and new SE crater) could be seen emitting small ash plumes.
Tremor is currently low.
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016
The volcano is showing signs of becoming more active again: Over the past few weeks, emissions of gas, steam and sometimes perhaps some dilute ash from the main vent in the Voragine summit crater have increased. In addition, intermittent weak glow can be detected from the same vent at night. This, too seems to have been becoming stronger and more frequent recently. ...
Tuesday, Oct 11, 2016
Etna mountain guide Marco Ponte reported that "the whole" of the Bocca Nuova crater has collapsed (subsided) by 50-70 meters since yesterday's explosion. ...
Monday, Oct 10, 2016
While on excursion in the summit area of Etna today, our guides felt an earthquake at noon. At 15:26, a sudden explosion occurred from the Bocca Nuova crater (the westernmost of the summit vents). ...
Saturday, Oct 08, 2016
The volcano has remained calm, at least on the surface, during the past weeks. During a visit of the summit region this morning, we had a fine view of the central crater complex (Bocca Nuova and Voragine), completely filled by the lava erupted during the paroxysm in May 2016. ...
Monday, Aug 29, 2016
Over the past weeks, the volcano's activity (at Voragine and the New SE crater) has generally decreased and tremor levels are currently low. ...
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