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Etna volcano (Italy), eruption update: two active lava flows

do, 2 nov 2006, 09:35
09:35 AM | DOOR: TOM PFEIFFER
Broad, sheet-like flow in the flat area beneath the summit cone (1 Nov 2006).
Broad, sheet-like flow in the flat area beneath the summit cone (1 Nov 2006).
Skylight at the 2800m vent.
Lava flow and spectators at the 3050m vent on the evening of 1 Nov 2006
Lava flow and spectators at the 3050m vent on the evening of 1 Nov 2006
Lava flow (2) on 1 Nov 2006
Lava flow (2) on 1 Nov 2006
Marco photographing the lava flow.
Marco photographing the lava flow.
The lava flow descending towards the SW flank (1 Nov 2006)
The lava flow descending towards the SW flank (1 Nov 2006)

Part of the VolcanoDiscovery team (Karen, Marco and Tom) are now visiting Etna. On 1st of Nov., two vigorous lava flows were active,- the one that had started on 13 Oct on the ESE side of SE crater from the vent at 2800 m elevation and flowing into Valle del Bove, as well as the new flow from the vent at 3050 m elevation on the S slope of the central crater.
The flow into Valle del Bove has formed a lava tube with frequent outbreaks and skylights and has reached the floor of Valle del Bove near the Monti Centinari. It appears to be well alimented.
The new flow frmo the vent on the S side of the central crater, perhaps fed by the same dyke as the other flow (thus, a radial dyke cutting though SE crater) was also well alimented during 31 Oct and 1 Nov, forming a very impressive broad flow with wide channels that descends the SW slope of Etna and has reached about 2200 m elevation near the tree line.
No explosive activity has been observed on SE crater itself. Its last episode of strombolian activity was reported on 30 Oct.

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