Erta Ale was first discovered in the 1960s and since then, its popularity has grown mostly due to the ongoing activity and numerous eruptions. Its persistent lava lake has been active throughout most of the past decades, a feature that is shared with just a few other volcanoes in the world

Erta Ale is a continuously active basaltic shield volcano in the Afar Region of northeastern Ethiopia. It is situated in the Afar Depression, a barren desert area. Erta Ale is the most active volcano in Ethiopia.

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