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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 update: Eruption continues, lava flows enter Valle del Bove

Saturday Mar 18, 2017 00:36 AM | BY: T

Etna's lava flows descending into Valle del Bove; strombolian activity from the New SE cone (c) and strong glow from Voragine summit crater (r) (image: Osservatorio Meteorologico Nunziata webcam, view from E)
Etna's lava flows descending into Valle del Bove; strombolian activity from the New SE cone (c) and strong glow from Voragine summit crater (r) (image: Osservatorio Meteorologico Nunziata webcam, view from E)
Current tremor amplitude (ESLN station / INGV Catania)
Current tremor amplitude (ESLN station / INGV Catania)
Strombolian activity at the New SE cone and the new lava flow from the fissure at its base (Radiostudio 7 webcam from Montagnola, view from S)
Strombolian activity at the New SE cone and the new lava flow from the fissure at its base (Radiostudio 7 webcam from Montagnola, view from S)
The explosive-effusive eruption continues strongly. Several well-alimented lava flows are descending into the Valle del Bove from elevations between 2500-2700 m at the rim.
At the New SE cone, strombolian explosions or low, pulsating lava fountaining continue.
The latter strombolian-type activity returned to be the dominant activity at the cone shortly before 23:00 local time on Thurday (16 Mar), abruptly replacing the previously intense ash emissions from the same vent. What caused the rapid change in eruption style at this vent is unclear.

During the night 16-17 March, the lava flow from the new fissure vent at the southern base of the SE crater started to descend into the Valle del Bove. The first flow front arrived at the edge of the depression at 23:48 near the Cisternazza pit crater (at about 2600 m elevation) and then quickly descended the steep slope into the Valle, reaching the ridge (formed by dykes) of the Sierra Giannicola Grande shortly before 2am (17 Mar).
A bit later, small glowing rockfalls began to descend into the Valle from points higher upslope, near the Beledere zone (2700 m elevation), originating from the sides of a branch of the lava flowing more or less parallel to the edge of the Valle.
This situation continued all day during yesterday (17 Mar). At around 22:30 in the evening, two tongues of the lava flow also started to descend into the Valle del Bove from the Belvedere area.
As of 02 am local time (18 March), the activity continues with little signs of waning and the lava flows (currently 3 branches actively descending into the Valle del Bove) remain well alimented. Tremor levels although lower than during the first 24 hours of the eruptive phase have more or less stabilized at elevated levels.
Previous news
Friday, Mar 17, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Toulouse (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Etna volcano on 17 Mar 2017
Friday, Mar 17, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Toulouse (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Strombolian activity and lava flow at dawn (image: Boris Behncke / Flickr)
Thursday, Mar 16, 2017
The strong strombolian activity from the SE crater continued all day yesterday and today. The lava flow from the summit vent has flowed on top of the lava flow from about 15 days ago and yesterday it had reached an altitude of 2800m. ... [more]
Thursday, Mar 16, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Toulouse (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Etna volcano on 15 Mar 2017
Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Toulouse (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]

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