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: 04 Mar 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: 04 Mar 2021 08:54 UTC

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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 03 Mar 2021 07:22.
INGV reported continuing episodes of lava fountaining at Etna?s Southeast Crater (SEC) and 24 and 28 February. Strombolian activity at two vents in SEC increased during the late afternoon of 24 February. Lava overflowed the crater at 1820 and headed ESE towards the Valle de Bove. During 1900-2122 lava fountains rose as high as 500 m above the summit. A second lava flow traveled SW, and at 2100 a pyroclastic flow descended 1 km into the Valle de Bove. An eruption plume rose as high as 11 km a.s.l. Weak Strombolian activity was visible at 0810 on 28 February. Lava fountaining began at 0839, feeding lava flows that traveled E, and abruptly intensified at 0902 with jets of lava rising 700 m above the crater rim. An eruption plume rose as high as 11 km a.s.l. and drifted ESE, causing ashfall in areas downwind. A small lava overflow at the S part of SEC began at 0909, followed by a pyroclastic flow at 0920. Lava fountaining ended at 0933, though the lava flow descending E remained active. Source: Sezione di Catania - Osservatorio Etneo (INGV)
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Latest media headlines

Articles: 1181 | About casualties: 1 | Last hour: 0

Taormina, l'eruzione dell'Etna vista dal Teatro AnticoSat, 06 Mar 2021 10:26:00 +0100.

. La spettacolare eruzione dell'Etna del 16 febbraio 2021 incorniciata dal Teatro Antico di Taormina. Un'immagine suggestiva della Sicilia e delle sue meraviglie.
Misterbianco. Eruzione Etna, l’11 marzo la raccolta dei sacchetti con ... Sat, 06 Mar 2021 07:38:00 +0100.

La raccolta straordinaria delle ceneri vulcaniche raccolte a seguito della pulizia di terrazze, balconi, cortili e pertinenze private, nel territorio cittadino di Misterbianco, sarà effettuata giovedì 11 marzo, a cura della ditta che gestis
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cronaca 05-03-2021 L'Etna non si ferma, aumenta il tremore vicino al c ... Sat, 06 Mar 2021 04:55:00 +0100.

L'Etna non si ferma, aumenta il tremore vicino al cratere di sud-est: il vulcano in piena eruzione Gli eventi infrasonici, pochi e di debole energia, sono localizzati in corrispondenza del cratere Bocca Nuova. Dalle 8.20 di stamane sull'Et
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Etna, tremore vulcanico su valori medio bassi: il comunicato dell’IngvFri, 05 Mar 2021 19:56:00 +0100.

CATANIA – Ecco l’aggiornamento quotidiano della situazione dell’eruzione dell’Etna attraverso l’attenta osservazione dell’Ingv. Sembrerebbe che “a Muntagna” si stia piano piano placando dopo giorni di eruzioni, spettacolo e tanta, ma tanta,
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Estimated casualties (PAGER)

USGS estimates the number of casualties for each earthquake for the Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response (PAGER) product.
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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),