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Etna volcano update: New paroxysm Friday evening

Sat, 5 Jun 2021, 05:52
05:52 AM | BY: T
Lava fountain during last night's paroxysm at Etna (image: INGVvulcani / facebook)
Lava fountain during last night's paroxysm at Etna (image: INGVvulcani / facebook)
Current tremor signal (image: INGV Catania)
Current tremor signal (image: INGV Catania)
Two and a half days after the previous one, the New SE crater produced yet another phase of lava fountaining (paroxysm) yesterday evening 4 June 2021.
It was preceded by a relatively long phase of weak to moderate, but intermittent strombolian activity and fluctuating tremor levels - contrary to most other episodes, the activity had not dropped to low levels after the previous paroxysm, but remained moderate.
The activity increased rapidly after 18:00 local time, then passed to lava fountaining at around 18:20, which generated an ash plume that rose to approx. 6500 meters above sea level and drifted SE.
Like during the previous paroxysms, a lava flow traveled from the rim of the saddle vent area of the New SE crater towards the SW.
The lava fountain ended around 19:30 and activity dropped again sharply. However, the lava flow remained weakly alimented for several hours. By midnight, it had reached an elevation of 2800 m below the Torre del Filosofo area.

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Wed, 2 Jun 2021, 16:10

Etna volcano update: New paroxysm this morning with lava fountains up to 400 m tall

Lava fountain during Etna's paroxysm this morning (image: INGV Catania webcam)
The volcano produced yet another lava-fountaining episode or paroxysm from the New SE crater this morning. 3 days since the previous one, it followed the by now "usual pattern": ... Read all
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Etna volcano
Complex stratovolcano Currently about 3329 m (changing due to eruptive activity and collapse of its crater rims)
Sicily, Italy, 37.75°N / 14.99°E
Current status: minor activity or eruption warning (3 out of 5) Etna volcano eruptions:
Near continuously active; some major historic eruptions include 122 BC (large Plinian outbursts that created the small caldera of the "Cratere del Piano"), 1669 AD (devastating flank eruption that destroyed 15 villages and part of Catania), 1787 (Subplinian eruption and one of the most spectacular summit eruptions on record - lava fountains reportedly up to 3000 m high).
Eruptions since 1950 (f: flank / s: summit activity): 1950 (s), 1950-51(f), 1955 (s), 1956 (s), 1956 (f), 1957 (s),1960 (s), 1961 (s), 1964 (f), 1964 (s), 1966 (s), 1966-1971(s), 1968 (f), 1971(f), 1972-1973 (s), 1974 (f), 1974-1975 (s), 1975-1977 (f), 1977-1978 (s), 1978 (f), 1979(s), 1979 (f), 1980 (s), 1981 (s), 1981 (f),1982-1983 (s), 1983(f), 1984(s), 1985(s), 1985(f), 1986(s), 1986-1987 (f), 1987(s), 1988(s), 1989(s), 1989(f), 1990 (s), 1991-93(f), 1995(s), 1996(s), 1997 (s), 1998 (s), 1999 (s), 2000 (s), 2001(s), 2001 (f), 2002(s), 2002-03(f), 2004-2005 (f), 2006 (s), 2007 (s), 2008-2009 (f), 2010(s), 2011-2013(s), 2014-18, 2018(f), 2019-ongoing (s)
Typical eruption style
Effusive (lava flows) and mildly explosive (strombolian) eruptions. Both summit and frequent flank eruptions, the latter seem to be occurring in clusters lasting few to a few tens of years.

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