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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 updates and eruption news:

Etna volcano update: Eruption ends at SE crater, ash emissions from Voragine

Thursday Mar 02, 2017 17:38 PM | BY: T

Ash plume from Etna this evening (image: etna-guide webcam)
Ash plume from Etna this evening (image: etna-guide webcam)
Current tremor amplitude (SMNR station / INGV Catania)
Current tremor amplitude (SMNR station / INGV Catania)
The first significant eruption of Etna in 2017 ended during last night. What could be called a "subdued" paroxysm from the New SE crater consisted of near-continuous strong strombolian bursts from the saddle vent at the SE crater complex with the effusion of a lava flow that spread at the southern feet of the cone.
After having lasted approx. 48 hours, the intense explosive-effusive activity began to weaken quickly after 22:00 local time yesterday evening and ceased at around 23:30.
During the activity, a new cinder cone has grown significantly at the vent located between the "old" and "New" SE crater.
However, activity has not completely stopped. While the spectacular activity at the SE crater died off, incandescence started to re-appear from the vent in the Voragine summit crater and gradually increased. Intense degassing and ash emissions have taken over from this vent and are currently continuing.
Previous news
Strmbolian activity and lava flow from Etna's SE crater Photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017
After a few months of showing a little activity yesterday Etna erupted again. ... [more]
Satellite image of Etna volcano on 27 Feb 2017
Monday, Feb 27, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Toulouse (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Strombolian activity at Etna's SE crater and glow from Voragine (image: Alessandro Lo Piccolo / facebook)
Thursday, Feb 16, 2017
The volcano remains restless with little changes in activity during the past weeks. ... [more]
Friday, Feb 03, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Toulouse (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Strombolian eruption at Etna's saddle vent this morning (image: Boris Behncke / flickr)
Friday, Jan 27, 2017
The strombolian activity from the saddle vent between the old and new SE crater continues. [more]

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