Etna volcano update: New SE crater calms down, while central crater shows impressive fireworks
Wed, 3 Mar 2021, 15:3615:36 PM | BY: T
Residual lava effusion at New SE crater (l) and vigorous strombolian burst from Voragine (c) last night
After yesterday's particularly long-lasting fire fountaining eruption from the New SE crater, activity had dropped back to similar levels as before.
Closer view of the New SE crater with the cooling main lava flow from the previous paroxysm to the lower left and a small still active flow from the eastern end of its eruptive fissure
Weak lava effusion, as well as secondary lava flows from sliding hot material on the steep slopes of the crater continued from the eruptive fissure of the New SE crater during the rest of the day and part of the night, but gradually died down.
Seemingly unaffected by the activity of its younger neighbor, the central summit crater Voragine has continued to show sometimes strong strombolian explosions at intervals ranging from 5-10 minutes. Judging from our visual impression over the past few days, this activity appeared to have increased since yesterday.
Whether or not Etna is heading to another paroxysm in the near future remains open to speculation, but based on the currently still quite regular rhythm of so far 8 episodes in just two weeks, it seems rather likely that another one could be expected to occur in the next 1,2 days.
Tue, 2 Mar 2021, 18:27
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Tue, 2 Mar 2021, 13:15
Tue, 2 Mar 2021, 09:48
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Mon, 1 Mar 2021, 11:05
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Mon, 1 Mar 2021, 09:13
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