The 11th paroxysmal eruption from the New SE crater occurred as expected today. As during the previous eruption a week ago, the build-up phase with increasing strombolian activity was relatively long (about 2 days). The peak phase itself when activity culminated in lava fountains was comparably short.
It seems likely that another paroxysm is in the making at the New SE crater: Strombolian explosions have continued throughout the night and this morning, and have been intensifying. Lava has now appeared at several vents on the fissure cutting through the New SE crater and the tremor signal is steeply rising, typical for the onset of another paroxysm.
Location map of Italy's most active volcanoes (Etna, Stromboli, Vesuvius, Vulcano, Lipari, Campi Flegrei)
Snow-covered Etna volcano with the fresh lava flows from 2002/03
Ufficial homepage of the Istituto Nazionale Di Geofisica e Vulcanologia - contains abundant information (in Italian) about volcanism, geology and the monitoring of Etna and the other volcanoes in Sicily as well as recent activity updates
Charles Rivière maintains a website (in French), extremely up-to-date, with detailed information about Etna's activity and latest results on geochemical studies on recent Etna lavas conducted by research team around R. Clocchiatti..
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