Overall Green alert Volcanic eruption for Etna
in Italy

Event summary

Volcanic eruption Etna can have a low humanitarian impact based on the exposed population and vulnerability.

GDACS ID VO 1000000
Name: Etna
Lat/Lon: 37.748 , 14.999
Event Date: 31 May 2021 00:00 UTC
Exposed Population 30km: About 940000 people within 30km
Exposed Population 100km: About 2750000 people within 100km
Max Volc. Explosivity Index VEI: 5
Population Exposure Index PEI: 5
Inserted at: 31 May 2021 09:01 UTC

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Italy - Volcanic eruption (ECHO 02 Apr 2021)Fri, 02 Apr 2021 16:14

  • A new paroxysmal event of Mount Etna volcano has been reported on 31 March at 23.00 UTC. This phase was characterised by explosive activity at the Southeast Crater that has gradually switched to a lava fountain. The ash column rose up to 9 km above sea level and moved south-southwestward.
  • As of 1 April at 21.37 UTC, the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) recorded lava flows started at the eastern edge of the Southeast Crater expanding in the upper part of the Valle del Bove.
  • According to media reports, the international airport of Catania was temporarily closed on 1 April due to the ash column.
  • The Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC), has lowered the aviation colour code from red to orange due to the decrease in the explosive activity over the past few hours.
Italy - Volcanic eruption (ECHO 17 Feb 2021)Wed, 17 Feb 2021 10:35

  • There was an increase in activity of Mount Etna volcano on 16 February. This new paroxysmal phase is characterised by explosive activity. The ash column rose a few kilometres above the volcano, moved southward and fell over Catania and parts of Siracusa Province.  
  • According to media reports, the international airport of Catania has been temporarily closed due to the ash column.
  • According to the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC), the aviation colour code has been lowered from red to orange due to the decrease in the explosive activity over the past few hours.
Detailed event map. European Union, 2021. Map produced by EC-JRC.
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Updates on volcanic activity (Smithsonian)

The Smithsonian/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report provides information about global volcanism on a weekly basis. Latest Etna report has been published on 26 May 2021 11:31.
INGV reported episodes of lava fountaining at Etna?s Southeast Crater (SEC) on 19 and 22 May that continued the recent pattern of Strombolian explosions followed by lava fountaining and lava flows. Strombolian activity began at 2340 on 19 May and produced ash plumes that drifted E. Activity intensified and lava fountains formed at 0234 on 20 May. At the same time lava overflowed the SEC and traveled SW, and within a few hours had reached 2,800 m elevation. The activity lasted about three and a half hours and then abruptly ended. The next episode during 0134-0454 on 22 May included Strombolian explosions and ash plumes that drifted SE; lava fountaining began at 0302 and flows traveled SW, overlapping the flows from 19 May. Explosions produced ash plumes that drifted SE around 0830 and 1014. Strombolian explosions intensified around 2031, producing dense ash plumes that drifted E. Lava fountains formed about two hours later, sending flows down the E and SW flanks; fountaining was over by 0038 on 23 May. A series of explosions were visible during 0351-0403, producing dense ash plumes that drifted E. Two ash plumes were observed rising from SEC?s E crater during the night and the day on 23 May. Intense explosive activity at SEC began at 1820 on 25 May, producing ash plumes that rose to 3.5 km (11,500 ft) a.s.l. and drifted E. Strombolian activity commenced at 1845 and lava fountains were visible around 2023. Lava flows were visible at 2244 and ash plumes drifted E at an altitude of 6 km (19,700 ft) a.s.l. Activity ceased by 0026 on 26 May. Source: Sezione di Catania - Osservatorio Etneo (INGV)
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Latest media headlines

Articles: 1861 | About casualties: 1 | Last hour: 0

Etna, ennesima eruzione: aeroporto Catania operativoThu, 03 Jun 2021 08:28:00 +0200.

ITALIA - Ennesima eruzione sull'Etna. Una fontana di lava è presente dalle 10.30 dal cratere di Sud-Est da dove fuoriesce una nube eruttiva che, secondo le stime dell'Istituto nazionale di geofisica e vulcanologia-Osservatorio etneo (Ingv-O
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Ingegnere italiano rapito ad Haiti, chiesto riscatto di mezzo milione ... Wed, 02 Jun 2021 21:55:00 +0200.

Catania, 2 giugno - Nemmeno 24 ore ed è arrivata la richiesta di riscatto: pesantissima, mezzo milione di dollari per il rilascio di Vanni Calì, ingegnere italiano sequestrato ieri ad Haiti nel cantiere dove stava lavorando. Una richiesta c
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Etna in eruzione, cenere e pioggia di lapilli: il comunicato INGVWed, 02 Jun 2021 21:45:00 +0200.

Attività vulcanica dell’Etna con effetti riscontrati su tutta la città di Catania con la caduta di lapilli. L’Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Osservatorio Etneo, ha comunicato che “ a partire dalle ore 16.00 circa UTC è stat
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RISCATTO ITALIANO RAPITOWed, 02 Jun 2021 21:24:00 +0200.

Catania, 2 giugno - Nemmeno 24 ore ed è arrivata la richiesta di riscatto: pesantissima, mezzo milione di dollari per il rilascio di Vanni Calì, ingegnere italiano sequestrato ieri ad Haiti nel cantiere dove stava lavorando. Una richiesta c
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For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: EC-JRC (31), (1), INGV (3), WMO (1), INFORM (2),