Stromboli volcano: strong activity July 2011

During our recent Stromboli to Etna tour, our group climbed Stromboli volcano on 15 July with a mountain guide and were lucky to have excellent weather and very strong activity from several vents. In particular, spectacular activity was occurring from the NE cone, which exploded large liquid lava bubbles, showering the outside flank with glowing bombs.
Eruption of the SE crater seen from the 400m viewpoint. The lava is glowing red in full daylight - quite unusual at Stromboli! We're excited to climb further up... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Eruption of the SE crater seen from the 400m viewpoint. The lava is glowing red in full daylight - q... [info]
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Powerful explosion of a liquid lava bubble from the outward-facing vent of the NE crater cone. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Powerful explosion of a liquid lava bubble from the outward-facing vent of the NE crater cone. (Phot... [info]
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Climbing further towards Pizzo, the enormous tall hornito in the NW part of the crater becomes visible. It has grown almost double in size during the past 2-3 months. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Climbing further towards Pizzo, the enormous tall hornito in the NW part of the crater becomes visib... [info]
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Another jet of liquid lava bursts out from the NE crater just 10 minutes after the last one, now in the evening twilight. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Another jet of liquid lava bursts out from the NE crater just 10 minutes after the last one, now in ... [info]
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The same eruption, which lasted half a minute, taken with a wider angle, so that the NW hornito-cone is visible. The conical volcanic island of Filicudi in the sunset-dusty background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The same eruption, which lasted half a minute, taken with a wider angle, so that the NW hornito-cone... [info]
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Glowing bombs remain scattered around the vent after the eruption is over. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Glowing bombs remain scattered around the vent after the eruption is over. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Our group at the best observation spot. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Our group at the best observation spot. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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An eruption from the hidden NW vent. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
An eruption from the hidden NW vent. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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One of the first long exposures with an eruption of the NE vent as it gets darker. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
One of the first long exposures with an eruption of the NE vent as it gets darker. (Photo: Tom Pfeif... [info]
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View of the active vents in the crater terrace from Pizzo, with a small strombolian eruption from the northern NE vent, which otherwise has been constantly spattering. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View of the active vents in the crater terrace from Pizzo, with a small strombolian eruption from th... [info]
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Big eruption from the NE vent. The eruption is too bright for the digital sensor, and the glow illuminates the whole crater terrace. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Big eruption from the NE vent. The eruption is too bright for the digital sensor, and the glow illum... [info]
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A bright eruption from the NW vent, which as usual is more ash-rich than the NE or central vents. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A bright eruption from the NW vent, which as usual is more ash-rich than the NE or central vents. (P... [info]
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The NE crater with the full moon (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The NE crater with the full moon (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Bright eruption from the NE crater (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Bright eruption from the NE crater (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Eruption with the full moon (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Eruption with the full moon (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Lava projects towards the full moon... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava projects towards the full moon... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View over Strombolicchio and the Tyrrhenian Sea towards Calabria in the background.  (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View over Strombolicchio and the Tyrrhenian Sea towards Calabria in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfe... [info]
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Eruption at Stromboli volcano hitting the moon... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Eruption at Stromboli volcano hitting the moon... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Glowing lava bombs falling back from the sky (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Glowing lava bombs falling back from the sky (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Eruption from the NW crater and the full moon (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Eruption from the NW crater and the full moon (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A jet of lava erupts from the NE crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A jet of lava erupts from the NE crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Twilight over the craters and the full moon (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Twilight over the craters and the full moon (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Lava fountain from the NE cone vent (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava fountain from the NE cone vent (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A well-deserved beer, coke and pizza after the climb! (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A well-deserved beer, coke and pizza after the climb! (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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