Organisation: European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Title: Etna Volcano eruption in Sicily, Italy (2018-12-26)


Activation time (UTC): 2018-12-26 15:05:00 Event time (UTC): 2018-12-24 06:00:00 Event type: Volcanic activity (Lava flow)

Activation reason:
On 24th of December the Etna volcano, located in the eastern part of Sicily, had a sudden eruption close to its main crater at 3300 meters above sea level. The eruptive activity has been characterized mainly by explosions as well as emissions of lava from several eruptive fissures starting from the base of the New South East Crater. On 26th of December at 2:19 am UTC, an earthquake of 4.8 magnitude hit the same part of the region. The epicentre is located between Viagrande and Trecastagni, two small villages close to Catania. According to the National Institute of Volcanology (INGV) the earthquake was very shallow, only 1 km deep and for this reason it has produced many damages to houses and infrastructures. The most damages have been recorded in the neighbour of the villages of Fleri, Zafferana Etnea, ...

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European Commission, Joint Research Centre (2018):  Etna Volcano eruption in Sicily, Italy (2018-12-26). European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) [Dataset] PID:
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Issue date 2018-12-26
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Language English
Data theme(s) Regions and cities; Science and technology
EuroVoc domain(s) 72 GEOGRAPHY
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37.7671732174° N, 15.1774731465° E, 37.5853414891° S, 14.9819672979° W

Coordinate Reference System ETRS89 / LAEA Europe

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