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Climbing Stromboli volcano: Stromboli provides one of the most remarkable opportunities to watch volcanic eruptions from close: a natural ridge located 150 m above the active vents. A classic and all-time favorite tour by anyone interested in seeing active volcanoes!
Stromboli, a small island north of Sicily, is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and famous for its normally small, but regular explosions throwing out glowing lava from several vents inside its summit crater. This activity has been going on for at least 2000 years, as long as there is written memory of the activity, which Stromboli lended its name to, the so-called strombolian activity.
Activity remains elevated. A small lava overflow continues to issue from a breach or a new vent at the northern crater terrace rim and descend on the upper Sciara del Fuoco. Explosion signals on the seismic recording are stronger than usual.
The activity at Stromboli has lately increased, as our colleague Marc Szlegat observed over the holidays. Since 23 December small lava overflows occurred from the eastern crater area and produced lava flows with varying length on the upper part of the Sciara del Fuoco. ...more
Yesterday afternoon and evening, it looked as if the lava flow had increased and extended on a good portion of the Sciara where lava blocks detaching from the flow rolling down created a dense incandescent stream. It is still unclear whether the flows come from a new vent at the eastern crater terrace or whether they are overflows of lava from an existing vent.
On 22 November, Stromboli emitted a 3 KM high steam plume. The INGV stated that on 22 November, at 13:17 (GMT) a large seismic signal associated with an explosion occurred. The explosion was around 7 times higher than an average explosion. The explosion was followed by 10 minutes of high seismicity.
Seismic signal from Stromboli 29 Aug (INGV Catania)
Activity at Stromboli is at relatively low levels. Individual explosions from the various summit vents, mostly the NE crater occur at rates of approximately one every 5 minutes and are often small. ...more
The corresponding seismic explosion signals are weak, and volcanic tremor was last reported at low to medium levels with a decreasing trend. [less]
Lien & Lorre sent us the following report from a recent visit to Stromboli: ...more
"Thursday 5th of July, what's in a date... We were lucky to be on the right spot at the right time… Our third day at Stromboli, we went for the easy hike via San Bartolo to the north to the “osservatoria”.
An episode of increased activity was observed at Stromboli on 5 July evening. Tremor was visible on the seismic recording and Dr. Boris Behncke (INGV Catania) reported a lava fountain from the western vent in the crater accompanied by a small lava flow on the Sciara del Fuoco. ...more
Last year, there have also been similar episodes of this kind. [less]
Powerful eruption of Stromboli's east crater, showering its flanks with incandescent bombs (photo: Marc Szlegat)
Our colleague Marc Szlegat just returned from a visit to Stromboli volcano whose activity has recently been increasing. Marc observed that there were 5 active glowing vents within the crater terrace. The most spectacular explosions took place from the eastern vent, the cone that had been building since 2009. They occurred roughly every 20 minutes, with sometime powerful explosions ejecting lava bombs up to 300 m height, many of which falling onto the Sciara del Fuoco. ...more
Frequent eruptions also occurred from the western vent, with typical ejection heights of 50-100 m, and occasionally up to about 200 m. A third vent in the central crater and rarely a vent at the extreme western end of the crater erupted occasionally as well. [less]
Stromboli volcano is in a phase of strong activity. Reports by visitors and images taken with the webcams show that in particular the northwestern vent in the summit crater often produces strong explosions that shower the crater terrace with incandescent lava. ...more
Since the last lateral eruption in March 2007, Stromboli has been in a heightened state of activity overall during most of the past years, indicating that magma levels inside the conduit are relatively high. The question is when again the magma finds its way out through a fissure on the flank on Sciara del Fuoco to produce another effusive eruption with a new lava flow. [less]
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