Etna volcano update: Eruption nears its peak, tall lava fountains reaching 500 m

Fri, 19 Feb 2021, 09:12
09:12 AM | BY: T
Lava fountains at the New SE crater during the peak of the ongoing paroxysm (INGV thermal webcam)
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)
The eruption plume seen from the SW (RadioTouring webcam)
Current tremor signal (image: INGV Catania)
Current tremor signal (image: INGV Catania)
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 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)
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 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.

Previous news

Fri, 19 Feb 2021, 08:57
300 m lava fountain from Etna's New SE crater (image: INGV thermal webcam)
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
Thermal view from the south towards the New SE crater showing explosions at the summit vent and the lava flow (image: INGV thermal webcam)
Accompanied by steeply rising tremor, activity increases now by the minute. Read all
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