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Etna volcano - eruption update

Updated: May 28, 2022 18:50 GMT - Refresh

spectacular video of vent opening and intense summit explosions on 20 May

Update Fri 27 May 2022 01:19
Screenshot from the video (image: Giuseppe Distefano)
Screenshot from the video (image: Giuseppe Distefano)
An amazing brief video of the onset of the recent eruption phase on 20 May has been published by Giuseppe Distefano from Etna Walk.
The footage depicts the intensified activity of the Southeast crater accompanied by the opening of the vent generating the new lava flow and hot avalanches.

intense strombolian eruptions continue with lava flows from flank vents

Update Tue 24 May 2022 02:53
Strombolian activity with flank effusive eruptions (image: Boris Behncke)
Strombolian activity with flank effusive eruptions (image: Boris Behncke)
The INGV local observatory detected that strombolian activity at the Southeast crater began to increase gradually at 17:40 local time yesterday.
Ash emissions have increased and reached 5 km altitude in the southern direction.
Active lava flows continue to advance from both fissure vents and have been reaching 2800 and 2700 m elevation into the Valle del Leone.
The high level volcanic tremor has been fluctuating a lot during the past few days, currently located at 3 km altitude beneath the Southeast crater.
Source: Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia volcano activity update 23 May 2022

new fissure vent, two lava flows

Update Sat 21 May 2022 03:24
Strombolian activity at Etna volcano (image: Boris Behncke)
Strombolian activity at Etna volcano (image: Boris Behncke)
Ash and gas emissions at the SE crater today (image: INGV)
Ash and gas emissions at the SE crater today (image: INGV)
Fluctuating tremor at high levels continues (image: INGV)
Fluctuating tremor at high levels continues (image: INGV)
A new fissure vent opened on the north slope of the Southeast crater at altitude of approx. 3250 m at 15:30 local time today.
Opening of the new vent, located to the northwest of the latest fissure, was accompanied by intermittent ash emissions and lava spattering that has changed to erupting small lava fountains and spilling a new lava flow out towards the northeast.
In parallel, the advancing lava flow from 12 May remains active traveling E-NE direction into the Valle del Bove.
Intense strombolian-type explosions continue from the Southeast crater with glowing ejecta of lapilli and lava bombs.
Preceded to the eruption, a typical sharp peak in tremor accompanied the event which continues at fluctuating intensity at high values.
Source: Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia volcano activity update 20 May 2022

The current effusive activity at Etna volcano (source: Boris Behncke)


small, but intense lava fountains feeding lava flow + stunning video footage of lava

Update Thu 19 May 2022 03:46
Fountaining and lava flow at Etna volcano (image: Etna Walk)
Fountaining and lava flow at Etna volcano (image: Etna Walk)
Higly elevated tremor continues (image: INGV)
Higly elevated tremor continues (image: INGV)
Lava fountains visible via Skyline Webcam
Lava fountains visible via Skyline Webcam
The new fissure vent continues to feed lava flowing into the Valle del Bove in the E-NE direction.
Behavior of the volcano has changed over the last 24 hours and slowly, but surely intensified characterized by strombolian activity at the vent.
It appears (and judging from the live stream) that the vent started to produce pulsating small lava fountains likely caused by magma change composition from basaltic gas-poor to gas-rich melt.
Currently there are no signs to cease the eruption in the near future as indicate the high and stable volcanic tremor.

A beautiful video of 'A'ā lava flow at Etna characterized by typical jumble of loose, irregularly shaped cindery blocks (source: @mondoterremoti/twitter)

strombolian explosions, outpouring lava flow continues

Update Wed 18 May 2022 04:26
Strombolian activity from the SE crater (image: Etna Walk)
Strombolian activity from the SE crater (image: Etna Walk)
The lava flow and strombolian eruptions at Etna volcano (image: Etna News)
The lava flow and strombolian eruptions at Etna volcano (image: Etna News)
Highly elevated tremor continues (image: INGV)
Highly elevated tremor continues (image: INGV)
The emitting lava flow has reached 2300-2400 meters elevation and continues to travel toward the Valle del Bove in the E-NE direction.
Strombolian activity at the Southeast crater has been mostly mild only, but at intense values has produced ash emissions.
The strong volcanic tremor has been located at about 3 km above sea level.
No significant ground deformation was detected.
Source: Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia volcano activity update 17 May 2022

smoothly flowing lava glows over Catania

Update Mon 16 May 2022 03:39
The lava spills out from the new fissure vent (image:
The lava spills out from the new fissure vent (image:
Glowing steam from the lava seen from Tremestieri Etneo (image: Boris Behncke/twitter)
Glowing steam from the lava seen from Tremestieri Etneo (image: Boris Behncke/twitter)
The lava flow at Etna volcano visible from space (image: Copernicus EU/twitter)
The lava flow at Etna volcano visible from space (image: Copernicus EU/twitter)
Tremor continues at stable levels (image: INGV)
Tremor continues at stable levels (image: INGV)
The lava flow continues to be active on the northern flank of the Southeast crater for almost 60 hours since the effusive eruption started on Friday the 13th.
The volcanic tremor has continued at stable conditions over the weekend and is still continuing. This likely suggests a delicate equilibrium of effusion rates of magma.
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