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Mt. Etna 
Basic Information
Location: Italy, island of Sicily, 37.7° N, 15° E
Volcano Type: Shield/Strato Volcano
Height: 10,991 ft

    Mt. Etna is a shield volcano on the Italian island of Sicily. Although it is a shield volcano, the upper 1,200 ft.  is a strato-volcano, made up of several cones united into one. It has an elevation of 10,991 ft, and it is one of the largest continental volcanoes in the world. The volcano's base measures about 36 by 24 miles, and most of it's surface is covered by recent lava flows. Most lava flows are andesitic.

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 Eruption- January 16, 1998

    Explosive activty is contuing in the Southeast crater with lava flowing down the southwestern side of the southeast crater cone. Strombolian activity is also contuing in the intracrater cone, and all activity seems to be the same for the past week, or even months. Activity continues, but  the magnitude of all this has been greatly exaggerated.
 

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