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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.
The activity at the "Lighthouse of the Mediterranean" has been much more intense recently than during most of the year. ...more
Explosions mainly from the eastern vent (towards Stromboli village) have been observed at intervals of approx. 10 minutes, ejecting dense jets of incandescent lava to up to estimated 150 m height. Continuous glow can be seen from adjacent vents in the central crater area as well, suggesting a relatively high lava column inside the conduit. [less]
Strong eruption from Stromboli's NE vent on 19 Oct 2016 evening (image: Doug McIlravey)
The activity of the volcano has increased considerably since about a week ago and is now again at moderate to high levels, similar sometimes to many periods prior to the 2014 effusive eruption. ...more
Several vents are active in the eastern, central and western crater, the most active one being the eastern vent (towards Stromboli village). When observed during the past days, we saw strombolian explosions at intervals of 15-20 minutes average, some ejecting incandescent bombs to more than 200-250 m height. [less]
The activity at the volcano is currently at comparably low levels. After a short-lived increase in frequency and average size of explosions during September, the typical strombolian activity has again decreased. ...more
When observed during the past week, both the western, central and eastern vents were active, but only produced very small strombolian explosions at intervals of typically 20-30 minutes, ejecting little incandescent material to only a few tens of meters. Moderately large explosions with ejections of more than 50-100 m occurred only sporadically from the eastern vent at intervals of up to several hours. [less]
Some explosions at Stromboli this morning and during the night, from 3 different vents
The activity at the volcano has picked up recently and is now again at (fluctuating) moderate levels similar to what it has been during much of the past 10-15 years - extremely rewarding for those who climb it in the evening. ...more
Apparently, the magma column inside the conduits has again risen and both the eastern, central and western vent are active and produce intermittent strombolian activity of various intensity. A friend of ours described her visit on Saturday as follows: [less]
Strombolian eruption at Stromboli's eastern vents on the evening of 9 May 2016 (Pizzo webcam / INGV)
Following a phase of very low activity during most of March-April (often with several hours between small explosions only), activity has picked up again and strombolian-type explosions, mainly from the western and eastern vents in the crater terrace, have been more regular. ...more
According to INGV's monitoring data, activity of the volcano, internal (seismic) and external (explosions) is at low to moderate levels.
Ash plume from a small eruption at Stromboli yesterday (INGV Catania webcam)
The activity at the summit craters has been (comparably very) low recently. However, small strombolian explosions continue to occur at irregular rates of 30-60 minutes intervals, mainly from western vent.
Stromboli's crater terrace this morning (INGV Catania webcam)
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