Etna volcano update: Waiting for a new eruption

Wed, 24 Feb 2021, 09:15
09:15 AM | BY: T
Mild strombolian activity early this morning at Etna's New SE crater
Mild strombolian activity early this morning at Etna's New SE crater
Current tremor signal - when will the next peak appear? (image: INGV Catania)
Current tremor signal - when will the next peak appear? (image: INGV Catania)
After the extremely powerful paroxysm (lava fountaining episode) during the night 22-23 Feb, which came as the 5th in a row at very regular intervals, many people around the world are probably wondering whether the volcano will continue this remarkable series of rhythmic eruptions.
If the last interval is an indicator as to when to expect a new paroxysm, it might well be in the course of the next night - something volcanologists, but also thousands of nearby residents, volcano spotters, and many more people from all over the world via webcams are certain to follow closely.
Since the end of the most recent activity, Etna has returned to intermittent mild summit activity from at least 4 of its summit vents, and volcanic tremor levels, kindly provided in real time by the National Institute of Volcanology and Geophysics (INGV) in Catania, are currently low. When this changes, be prepared for another show of fire! What we don't know from the publicly available data is whether the volcano currently inflates, which would be an indication that the volcano is about to recharge itself. This leaves us with the fun to speculate!

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Tue, 23 Feb 2021, 07:41
Tall lava fountains more than 1000 m high and spectacular eruption column from last night's paroxysm on Etna (image: Giorgio Costa / facebook)
Once more, Etna produced a very impressive show of unsurpassed fireworks at night: The - awaited - 5th lava fountaining episode (known as paroxysm) occurred late at night and turned out to be particular violent, equal or even stronger than the previous one 48 hours earlier. It was the 5th in a row during a single week's time! ... Read all
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