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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: Strombolian activity from SE crater calms down; lava flows into the Valle del Bove generated small pyroclastic flows.

Wednesday Mar 22, 2017 01:35 AM | BY: EMANUELA

A steam ring  from New SE crater drifts in the sky against a large ash plume (Photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
A steam ring from New SE crater drifts in the sky against a large ash plume (Photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
A small pyroclastic flow at the flow front (Photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
A small pyroclastic flow at the flow front (Photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
Lava flow into the Valle del Bove  with an ash plume from a small pyroclastic flow. (Photo: Roland / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
Lava flow into the Valle del Bove with an ash plume from a small pyroclastic flow. (Photo: Roland / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
Ash and steam plume from a pyroclastic flow  view from the south. (Photo: Roland / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
Ash and steam plume from a pyroclastic flow view from the south. (Photo: Roland / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
On Saturday late in the morning the explosive activity from the SE crater stopped.
From that moment on the activity became mainly effusive, although some weak strombolian explosions and ash emissions were observed for short periods at the upper vent.

A series of small pyroclastic flows occurred along the steep western wall of the Valle del Bove caused by the unstable ground and the interaction of the lava with patches of remaining winter snow.
The most violent sequence of pyroclastic flows occurred at around half past four on Saturday afternoon when part of the western headwall collapsed, resulting in large ash and steam plume.
Currently the lava flows remain very weakly active with the most advanced front reaching about 2850m ASL toward mount Frumento Supino.

Night-time glow continue to be observed at the Voragine crater. It has become more intense yesterday night and seems to have decreased again today.
Tremor has descended back to low levels.
Previous news
Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Toulouse (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]

Monday, Mar 20, 2017
Towards the end of the second eruption of Etna in 2017 (15-20 March), an unusual phenomenon occurred: the lower lava flow, originating from the 2900 m fissure vent at the base of the SE crater and descending into the Valle del Bove from its western rim at 2500 m elevation, produced a series of small to moderate pyroclastic flows, associated with dense ash plumes. ... [more]
Satellite image of Etna volcano on 18 Mar 2017
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Toulouse (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
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)
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017
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. ... [more]
Friday, Mar 17, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Toulouse (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]

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