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Stromboli volcano (Eolian Islands, Italy): surge of activity produces lava flow into the sea

Tue, 31 Mar 2020, 18:38
18:38 PM | BY: T
Lava flow on Stromboli's Sciara del Fuoco reaching the sea this morning (image: LGS webcam)
Lava flow on Stromboli's Sciara del Fuoco reaching the sea this morning (image: LGS webcam)
Tremor of Stromboli (image: LGS)
Tremor of Stromboli (image: LGS)
Ash clouds and the lava flow this morning (image: LGS webcam)
Ash clouds and the lava flow this morning (image: LGS webcam)
The lava flow this evening (image: LGS webcam)
The lava flow this evening (image: LGS webcam)
During the past night, activity showed a significant increase and produced a lava flow down the Sciara del Fuoco, reaching the sea.
It is not exactly clear when the increase occurred, but webcam imagery suggests that the lava flow began to travel downslope around 1-2 am local time. By about 06:30 local time, the lava flow had reached the sea. At around 08:30, residents and friends of ours on the island reported a stronger explosion.
Volcanic tremor shows a large peak which lasted about 3 hours; although the lava flow is still active, tremor has returned to its average values of during the past week.
Activity level defined as combination of various monitoring parameters (frequency and size of explosions, tremor, degassing, deformation etc) has been raised to "high" again, following a period with lower activity during most of Feb and March.

Previous news

Fri, 27 Mar 2020, 14:05
Enormous, perfect smoke ring rising from Stromboli this afternoon (image: Barbara Engele)
Minutes ago, the volcano produced a spectacular "smoke ring", which was seen rising from the crater area and drifting slowly northeastwards over the village. ... Read all
Wed, 25 Mar 2020, 06:00
INGV reported that during 23-29 March activity at Stromboli was characterized by ongoing explosive activity mainly from three vents in Area N (north crater area) and at least three vents in Area C-S (south-central crater area). Lava effused from the northern-most vent located on the edge of Area N for about four hours, beginning at 1856 on 28 March, and traveled down the Sciara del Fuoco all the way to the coast. Variable-intensity explosions from Area N occurred at a rate of 8-13 events per hour and ejected lapilli and bombs 80-150 m above the vents. ... Read all
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