Erta Ale volcano is a large basaltic shield volcano in the Erta Ale volcanic range in the central northern Danakil depression (northeast of Ethiopia).
(Volcano Discovery)―News have come in about a fissure eruption at the SE flank of the volcano, approx. 7 km distance from the summit caldera and its lava lake (which partially collapsed on and after 20 Jan).
According to our local correspondents, the activity at the summit has decreased a lot, which would be in accordance with the scenario of lava now being drained through lower fissures on the flanks. Apparently, the fissures opened on or shortly after 21 Jan and produce large amounts of lava now flowing into the direction of Afdera.
The information we have so far is still sketchy and the reports need to be confirmed, but our source is reliable and it seems plausible that a flank eruption has actually started. We will update when new information becomes available.
Eruption tour proposal:
It seems possible to reach this area by land; we are investigating whether we can offer a last-minute Volcano Eruption Special tour in the next days (next week). If you’d be interested and able to leave within few days to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia please don’t hesitate to follow the link to Volcano Discovery‘s tour page and/or email Volcano Discovery mentioning “Erta Ale volcano special”.
Source: Volcano Discovery
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