Etna volcano (Italy): eruption intensifies, possibly heading towards a paroxysm

Mon, 24 Dec 2018, 11:49
11:49 AM | BY: T
Strombolian activity from Etna's New SE crater last night (image: Emanuela Carone / VolcanoDiscovery Italy)
Strombolian activity from Etna's New SE crater last night (image: Emanuela Carone / VolcanoDiscovery Italy)
Strong ash emissions from the New SE crater now (image: INGV Catania)
Strong ash emissions from the New SE crater now (image: INGV Catania)
Seismic signal (ECNE station, INGV Catania)
Seismic signal (ECNE station, INGV Catania)
A significant event is in progress at the volcano. Strong seismic activity, felt by people, has been accompanying the opening of several fractures in the summit area, most notably on the eastern and southern flanks of the New SE crater, which is emitting dense ash plumes.
The activity of the volcano is increasing and looks as if going towards a paroxysm.
Strombolian activity from the New SE crater has intensified, and currently strong ash emissions are visible, suggesting pulsating lava fountaining.
Our local correspondents reported a seismic swarm was detected and tremor is also rising. They are on their way towards the mountain and we will probably be able to send a more detailed report later. In the meanwhile, you can look at the evolving eruption webcams online.

Previous news

Thu, 13 Dec 2018, 23:51
Lava flows and strombolian activity at Etna's New SE crater this evening (image: Tom Pfeiffer / VolcanoDiscovery)
Mild effusive/explosive activity continues at the eastern vent of the New SE crater, feeding two small lava flows traveling a few hundred meters down the eastern slope of the crater towards the upper Valle del Bove. ... Read all
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