As of June 2014, the last time Mount Etna erupted was January 2014. The eruption was the first of the year 2014 and was caused by formation of a new crater on the southeastern volcano that resulted from the 2013 eruption.
The latest eruption was not as explosive as the previous eruptions. It was milder compared to the gigantic fountains of lava that previous eruptions produced, especially in 2013. This eruption produced a flow of lava from the new southeast crater that snaked down the slopes of the mountain. Mount Etna is among the world's most active volcanoes and is in a nearly constant state of activity.Learn More
Mount Etna has destroyed numerous towns since its first recorded eruption in 122 B.C., including the towns of Nicoli, Catania and Zafferana. In addition to destroying towns, the volcano has caused thousands of fatalities and caused environmental damage to farmland and the environment.Full Answer >
According to the Global Volcanism Program at the Smithsonian Institution, as of December 2014, there have been a little over 400 confirmed eruptions in the world since January 2004. These eruptions range on the Volcanic Explosivity Index, or VEI, from 0 up to 5. A VEI of 0 to 1 is very small, while 5 is classified as very large.Full Answer >
The last eruption of Mount Unzen happened in 1995 after a series of at least 10,000 pyroclastic flows that persisted between 1991 and 1994. The worst eruption during this period happened on June 3, 1991 and killed 43 people, including French volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft.Full Answer >
Mount Mazama last erupted in 2290 B.C. The eruption was so severe that the volcano collapsed, forming a caldera. This means that during the eruption, the volcano sank into the ground, creating a giant crater. The crater has since filled with water, creating a lake.Full Answer >