Etna volcano: New SE crater eruption 15-16 June 2014

At the end of our recent tour to Stromboli, Vulcano and Etna, Etna decided to make us a special present: a new eruption from the New SE crater. It started very similar to a paroxysm, but did not reach the intensity to produce true lava fountains. Instead, the eruption continued for several days with intense strombolian activity and the effusion of lava flows traveling east into the Valle del Bove.
During the night of 14-15 June, strombolian activity at the New SE crater increased strongly and tremor started to rise steeply as if a new paroxysm was in the making. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
During the night of 14-15 June, strombolian activity at the New SE crater increased strongly and tre... [info]
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Bursts of liquid lava from the summit vent of the NSEC occurred at intervals of few seconds. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Bursts of liquid lava from the summit vent of the NSEC occurred at intervals of few seconds. (Photo:... [info]
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Tourists climbing Etna this Sunday morning were lucky to be allowed to observe the activity from approx. 2700 m elevation. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Tourists climbing Etna this Sunday morning were lucky to be allowed to observe the activity from app... [info]
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A rare steam ring (vortex ring) was formed during an explosion. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A rare steam ring (vortex ring) was formed during an explosion. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Around noon, a second vent started to be active as well, ejecting dense jets of dark ash. A new lava flow started to pour from the summit through the valley on the eastern side of the cone. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Around noon, a second vent started to be active as well, ejecting dense jets of dark ash. A new lava... [info]
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Tourists watching the advancing new lava flow. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Tourists watching the advancing new lava flow. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Brown ash rising from an area at the NE part of the summit - either from collapses or the opening of a new vent. A steam ring is about to form. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Brown ash rising from an area at the NE part of the summit - either from collapses or the opening of... [info]
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Weather quickly deteriorated after lunchtime. During a short window with clear view, jets of liquid lava were visible. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Weather quickly deteriorated after lunchtime. During a short window with clear view, jets of liquid ... [info]
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A strong thunder and hailstorm forced everyone to leave the summit area. More than 10 cm of fresh hail were deposited on the upper southern side. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A strong thunder and hailstorm forced everyone to leave the summit area. More than 10 cm of fresh ha... [info]
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White Montagnola - rare view in mid June! (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
White Montagnola - rare view in mid June! (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The volcano's summit mostly shredded in thick clouds, it presents a winter-like appearance from Nicolosi. The eruption continues with little variation at the NSEC. As a precaution, the Catania airport was briefly closed, but as it turned out, the eruption never escalated into a paroxysm with lava fountains and associated ash plumes. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The volcano's summit mostly shredded in thick clouds, it presents a winter-like appearance from Nico... [info]
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The sky over Etna during the night 15-16 June is brightly illuminated by the explosions from the NSEC. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The sky over Etna during the night 15-16 June is brightly illuminated by the explosions from the NSE... [info]
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Night-time view from the SW side of Etna. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Night-time view from the SW side of Etna. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Etna's activity and the lava flow at night seen from Catania during the night 15-16 June. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Etna's activity and the lava flow at night seen from Catania during the night 15-16 June. (Photo: To... [info]
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Lava flows from the erupting New SE crater at dawn on 16 June 2014 (Photo: marcofulle)
Lava flows from the erupting New SE crater at dawn on 16 June 2014 (Photo: marcofulle) [info]
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The New SE crater in eruption at dusk of 16 June, seen from Monte Zoccolaro to the SE (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The New SE crater in eruption at dusk of 16 June, seen from Monte Zoccolaro to the SE (Photo: Tom Pf... [info]
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Photographer watching the activity on the evening of 16 June. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Photographer watching the activity on the evening of 16 June. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Strong strombolian activity (or pulsating fountains) feeding several active lava flows in the evening of 16 June. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Strong strombolian activity (or pulsating fountains) feeding several active lava flows in the evenin... [info]
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Activity at the NSEC and the lava flows into Valle del Bove at dusk of 16 June. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Activity at the NSEC and the lava flows into Valle del Bove at dusk of 16 June. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer... [info]
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Again, clouds draw in and hide the crater itself. Only the lava flows are still visible below the cloud cover. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Again, clouds draw in and hide the crater itself. Only the lava flows are still visible below the cl... [info]
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