Etna volcano update: Eruption nears its peak, tall lava fountains reaching 500 m
Fri, 19 Feb 2021, 09:1209:12 AM | BY: T
Lava fountains at the New SE crater during the peak of the ongoing paroxysm (INGV thermal webcam)
The eruption plume seen from the SW (RadioTouring webcam)
Current tremor signal (image: INGV Catania)
UPDATE: the still ongoing paroxysm appears to be even more intense than its two predecessors and still not The height of the lava fountains is likely more in the range of 700 m, something which will be determined later by the volcano observatory.
The lava fountain seen from Linguaglossa town on the NE side; compare the height of Etna's edifice about 2500 m visually with the height of the fountain! (image: INGV webcam)
The paroxysm should be at its peak now. Tremor is extremely high, similar to yesterday's event, and tall lava fountains up to 500 m are rising from multiple vents of the New SE crater.
In fact, it seems that the vents are along a west-east fissure dissects the whole summit of the large cone.
A tall ash and steam plume is rising into the Sicilian sky and drifting to the south-southeast. Significant lapilli and ash fall can be expected on the southern flanks of Etna.
Fri, 19 Feb 2021, 08:57
The rate with which intensity increases is impressive. Within a few minutes since the onset, the lava fountains have already reached heights of approx. 300 m and still grow... read all
Fri, 19 Feb 2021, 08:33
Etna volcano update: Lava flow and strombolian activity increase, beginning of paroxysm seems immediate
Accompanied by steeply rising tremor, activity increases now by the minute. read all
Fri, 19 Feb 2021, 08:21
Indications of a possible new paroxysm become stronger with the minute: lava flows have started to emerge from the summit vent of the New SE crater. ... read all
Fri, 19 Feb 2021, 08:08
Approx. 30 hours have passed since the last lava fountain episode or paroxysm at Etna, which followed after 30 hours after the preceding one. ... read all
Thu, 18 Feb 2021, 08:49
Less than 30 hours after Tuesday's spectacular paroxysm (lava-fountaining episode), the volcano gave again an impressive display of fire, producing another similar and very powerful eruption last night. ... read all