Etna volcano (Italy): after 3 weeks of calm, another lava fountaining phase is in the making tonight

Sun, 29 Aug 2021, 15:49
15:49 PM | BY: T
Strombolian eruption from the New SE crater of Etna (image: LAVE webcam)
Strombolian eruption from the New SE crater of Etna (image: LAVE webcam)
Current tremor signal (image: INGV Catania)
Current tremor signal (image: INGV Catania)
After being mostly calm for about 3 weeks since the violent SE crater paroxysm (or lava fountaining episode) on 9 August this year, the volcano seems to be keen to produce this fiery show of lava fountains once again before the month is over:
Already yesterday, fluctuating tremor heralded some sort of instability in the supply system, although no significant eruptive activity at the craters itself could be noted. Today, the tremor began to rise steeply at 3pm, followed by the resumption of intermittent strombolian activity at the New SE crater.
So far, all looks as if very soon a lava fountaining phase should occur if the volcano follows the pattern of the more than 50 such previous phases during this year. In fact, at the time of finishing this update, the activity already has increased! The next hours will be interesting to follow the volcano live.

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