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: 09 Aug 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: 09 Aug 2021 11:18 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.
The boundaries and the names shown on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the European Union.

Updates on volcanic activity (Smithsonian)

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Latest media headlines

Articles: 657 | About casualties: 1 | Last hour: 0

19 minutes ago Top Story2021-08-12T11:12+0200.

Sicily, Greece, Turkey, and Algeria are all engulfed in flames. The southwest Italian city of Syracuse saw enormously high temperatures on Wednesday (11 August), with the temperature reaching a reported 48.8C (119.8F) during the day. If ve
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Catania, eruzione sull’Etna: le ultime2021-08-12T03:25+0200.

Spettacolo rosso sull’Etna. L’Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Osservatorio Etneo, rende noti gli ultimi aggiornamenti. Ore 16:38 (14:38 UTC) Dall’analisi delle immagini delle telecamere di sorveglianza e dai rilievi effettua
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Quanto è alto il monte Etna? I dati dopo i nuovi rilevamenti2021-08-11T16:48+0200.

Nel 2021 l’Etna ha eruttato con una continuità insolita che vanta da febbraio ad oggi 50 fenomeni parossistici: quanto si è elevata? Tra le meraviglie della Sicilia c’è di sicuro il Monte Etna , il vulcano più grande d’Europa e uno dei più
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Mount Etna volcano has risen to a record 11,013ft2021-08-11T14:07+0200.

According to Eric Dunham, an associate professor of Stanford University's School of Earth, energy and Environmental Sciences, 'Volcanoes are complicated and there is currently no universally applicable means of predicting eruption. In all l
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Estimated casualties (PAGER)

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Exposed population

Data, images, links, services and documents

For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: EC-JRC (31), (1), INGV (3), WMO (1), INFORM (2),