Magma versus Lava - The difference

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Did you know that .. Lava is not the same as magma. We often use the terms interchangeably. In fact, there is a differentiation.

The red-hot magma masses are located under the earth’s crust. Inside of Mount Etna there are 3 magma chambers. The largest of the three is 30 km in the deep, the middle about 10 km above the first and the smallest about 2 km below the highest point of the volcano. In this chamber, the magma accumulates in small holes in the rock.

Author: Etna Excursions Posted on: 2016/09/14 Updated: 2017/03/15

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Etna eruption: continuing activities - July 2014

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Continues the effusive activity of the two new twin cones.
Eruptive activity continues unabated on the top of Mount Etna, in the central-south of the volcano, where about 30 days ago have formed two small cones with effusive activity from lava, explosions, explosions and so very active. The two cones, being positioned at a distance of a few tens of meters apart, were called “Gemini”, and several weeks are closely monitored by local authorities.


Author: Etna Excursions Posted on: 2014/07/25 Updated: 2017/03/15

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Etna update - 12 April 2014 - Eruption

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In the afternoon of the 12th April 2012, it came at the New Southeast Crater of Mount Etna once an outbreak, the 24th since the start of the eruptive phase, in January 2011 and the 6th in the current year. The event was after a interval of 10 days of relative calm and was like in almost all important features such as fountains, intense emission of ash and small Lavastones, and lava flowed toward the Valle del Bove, the previous one.

Already after 3 hours it was all over.

Foto Rosa Testa

More eruptions – Etna Activity 2012


Author: Etna Excursions Posted on: 2014/03/12 Updated: 2017/03/15

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Mt. Etna update - Eruption 2014

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Read what happened at the moment on Mount Etna.

We report on outbreaks, tremor and scientific knowledge. We show and explain to you video footage, pictures and seismographic records.


update 23.04.2012

In den späten Abendstunden des 23. April 2012 ist wieder
einmal zu einer kurzen Aktivität des “Neuen Süd-Ost Kraters” gegeben. Die 25. in Folge seit Januar 2011 und die 7. im laufendem Jahr. Wieder mit einem Abstand ca. 10-14 Tagen und glich allen vorausgegangenen an Intensität und Ablauf mit Lavafontäne  und Lavafluss sowie Aschenregen. (Sie unten weitere Ausbrüche 2012 oder im Archiv 2011). Auch diesmal gab es zu keiner Zeit Gefahr für die Bevölkerung oder Schäden.


Etna 23 -24.04 2012


Author: Etna Excursions Posted on: 2014/02/24 Updated: 2017/03/15

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Etna update - 01. April 2012 - Eruption

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update April 01, 2012

Every 14 days again …

In the early morning hours of 1 April 2012, there was a new episode of lava fountaining from the “new South-East Crater” (New CSE) of Mount Etna, this year now in its fifth times. Also this time it came to high lava fountains, several milesfrom a high column

Author: Etna Excursions Posted on: 2012/04/01 Updated: 2017/03/15

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