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Parossismo di nuovo SE Etna cratere 16-17 novembre 2013

The 16th paroxysm of Etna's New SE crater occurred during the night 16-17 Nov 2013. Its peak phase with strong pulsating lava fountains was between midnight and 5 am. After taking a plane that arrived in Catania at 23:00, Tom hurried up the mountain and was lucky to be able to assist the main phase of the eruption from close-up. For videos, click here.
Intense strombolian activity starts to merge into fountains after midnight, and a steam and ash plume start to rise into the night sky. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Intense strombolian activity starts to merge into fountains after midnight, and a steam and ash plum... [info]
(1002 visti)
Powerful jets of gas eject a lava fountain, bright enough to take hand-held shots (from the way up) during the night. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Powerful jets of gas eject a lava fountain, bright enough to take hand-held shots (from the way up) ... [info]
(1209 visti)
Liquid white lava erupts from the summit vent of the New SE crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Liquid white lava erupts from the summit vent of the New SE crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(1176 visti)
Lava fountain about 400 m high. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava fountain about 400 m high. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(1051 visti)
Strong pulsating fountains play from the cone for several hours (picture around 3am). (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Strong pulsating fountains play from the cone for several hours (picture around 3am). (Photo: Tom Pf... [info]
(1036 visti)
The bright glow illuminates the partially snow-covered surfaces of the mountain. The 2002 eruption cones to the left of the image. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The bright glow illuminates the partially snow-covered surfaces of the mountain. The 2002 eruption c... [info]
(1037 visti)
A heavy plume of ash rises several km into the sky. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A heavy plume of ash rises several km into the sky. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(1125 visti)
The plume drifts to the east where ash fall occurs. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The plume drifts to the east where ash fall occurs. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Still, some jets reach several hundred meters in height. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Still, some jets reach several hundred meters in height. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(933 visti)
Moon setting behind the 2002 cones. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Moon setting behind the 2002 cones. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(936 visti)
A lava flow erupts from the eastern flank of the cone. Red glow is mirrored on the icy surface in front of me. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A lava flow erupts from the eastern flank of the cone. Red glow is mirrored on the icy surface in fr... [info]
(708 visti)
Reflected glow on the snow on the eastern flank of the 2002 cones. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Reflected glow on the snow on the eastern flank of the 2002 cones. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(1087 visti)
The moon has sunken behind the 2002 cones and the eruption is slowly waning. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The moon has sunken behind the 2002 cones and the eruption is slowly waning. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(1552 visti)
Dawn approaches - wide-angle view from the rim of Valle del Bove, with lights along the Strait of Messina in the right background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Dawn approaches - wide-angle view from the rim of Valle del Bove, with lights along the Strait of Me... [info]
(684 visti)
Lava flow on the east flank of the New SE crater (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava flow on the east flank of the New SE crater (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(684 visti)
Lava flow and falling bombs on the southern flank. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava flow and falling bombs on the southern flank. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(1004 visti)
Throughout the paroxysm, large magma bubbles erupt with incredible force and loud detonations, sending huge liquid bombs into radial directions. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Throughout the paroxysm, large magma bubbles erupt with incredible force and loud detonations, sendi... [info]
(682 visti)
Shortly before dawn, the fountains decrease back to intermittent, still strong strombolian explosions. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Shortly before dawn, the fountains decrease back to intermittent, still strong strombolian explosion... [info]
(566 visti)
Erupting New SE crater at dawn. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Erupting New SE crater at dawn. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Strombolian explosion at dawn. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Strombolian explosion at dawn. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(498 visti)
Strombolian explosion at dawn and the eastern lava flow. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Strombolian explosion at dawn and the eastern lava flow. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(665 visti)
The cone has probably grown about 20 meters during this eruption. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The cone has probably grown about 20 meters during this eruption. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(579 visti)
Each bubble explosion is followed by the ejection of a denser mass of liquid lava. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Each bubble explosion is followed by the ejection of a denser mass of liquid lava. (Photo: Tom Pfeif... [info]
(581 visti)
Morning mood. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Morning mood. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(545 visti)

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