Etna volcano - eruption update May 2014 - Jan 2015

Updated: Oct 23, 2021 08:36 GMT -
Continuous Ash Emissions from Voragine Crater
Update Sun 11 Jan 21:39
Ash emissions from Voragine Crater (photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
Ash emissions from Voragine Crater (photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
The front of the lava flow  of the last paroxysm on the SW flank  (photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
The front of the lava flow of the last paroxysm on the SW flank (photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
A knocked-down tree lay on the lava flow (photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
A knocked-down tree lay on the lava flow (photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
The hole of the fallen tree, still hot  (photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
The hole of the fallen tree, still hot (photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
Explosions and ash emissions of moderate intensity continue from the Voragine crater.

During a visit of the front of the cooling lava flow of last paroxysm on the southern side of the New SE crater it was possible to observe that the most advanced flow front is at 2130 m elevation at the side of 1942 lava flow in direction of M. Scavo.
Ash Emissions from the New SE Crater and Strombolian Activity at the Voragine Crater
Update Sat 03 Jan 22:37
Strombolian  activity at Voragine crater this evening seen from Bronte (nicola76.beepworld webcam)
Strombolian activity at Voragine crater this evening seen from Bronte (nicola76.beepworld webcam)
The lava flow of the last paroxysm on the SW flank (  (photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
The lava flow of the last paroxysm on the SW flank ( (photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
The lava flow of the last paroxysm on the  eastern flank(photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
The lava flow of the last paroxysm on the eastern flank(photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
Ash emission from the New SE crater on 2nd January (photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
Ash emission from the New SE crater on 2nd January (photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
Yesterday a dense pulsating ash column was emitted by deep-seated strombolian activity at the New SE Crater. The emissions produced a plume bended over by wind towards the SW and forcing the closure of Catania's airport.
This morning ash emissions from the New SE Crater ended.
With the return of good weather it has been possible to observe two eruptive fissures opened during last paroxysm: one on the southern side of the New SE Crater and one on its eastern flank. The fissure on the southern side produced a lava flow that descended directed toward the western side of mount Frumento Supino splitting into 2 branches and reaching an altitude of about 1900 metres above sea level. The fissure on the eastern side produced a lava flow that reached the base of the Valle del Bove. They are not active now
During the last days, glow was observed above the Voragine crater and now this strombolian activity is increasing with pyroclastic material ejected over the crater.
New Paroxysm on Etna
Update Mon 29 Dec 16:34
The activity seen from Linguaglossa (EtnaTrekking webcam)
The activity seen from Linguaglossa (EtnaTrekking webcam)
Tremor signal including the peak of activity (by courtesy of INGV-OE Catania)
Tremor signal including the peak of activity (by courtesy of INGV-OE Catania)
Yesterday evening a new paroxysm occurred on Etna (last was on December 2nd, 2013).
Seismic tremor started to rise steeply about 16:00 (local time) followed by a strong seismo-volcanic event occurred at 16:50 (local time).
The brief but intense eruption was characterized by lava fountains and lava flows but bad visibility prevented to observe which craters were involved. Occasional views especially from the NE side permitted to see several fronts of lava flows descending the western slope into the Valle del Bove . The fountaining generated a column of gas and tephra that has rose a few km above the volcano and was then bent by the winds to the east.
The tremor signal started to decrease around 18:30 and it remains stable at slightly elevated levels.
Sporadic ash emissions from New SE crater
Update Fri 24 Oct 15:35
Small ash emission from Etna's New SE crater
Small ash emission from Etna's New SE crater
Occasional explosions from the New SE crater seem to continue. Small ash emissions could be observed on the morning of 22 Oct when clear weather allowed clear views of the crater. Tremor remains low at the moment.
Update Mon 13 Oct 17:32
No significant changes have occurred. Intense degassing from the summit craters and weak northerly winds have been pushing a dense hazy vog ("volcanic smog") cloud over southern and southeastern sectors of Etna.
Weak explosions with emissions of small brown ash plumes have continued sporadically at the New SE crater at least until yesterday evening, but seem to have ceased or become even less frequent today. Tremor is low and does currently not suggest a paroxysm should be expected in the very near future.
Weak ash emissions from New SE crater
Update Sat 11 Oct 22:08
View into Etna's NEcrater today
View into Etna's NEcrater today
Current tremor signal (ECPNZ station, INGV Catania)
Current tremor signal (ECPNZ station, INGV Catania)
There are no significant changes or signs of a new paroxysm very soon. Sporadic weak explosions with ash emissions continue at the New SE crater. Tremor has remained low.
The summit vents when observed today showed (normal) strong degassing, with audible deep-seated explosion sounds coming from the NE crater.
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