Eruption updates & news from Stromboli:
Stromboli volcano (Eolian Islands, Italy): strong activity and a report from a visit on 5 July
Tue, 17 Jul 2012, 10:0510:05 AM | BY: T
Strong explosion from the NE crater on 5 July
Rain of glowing bombs on the SE crater
Explosion of the NE crater in daylight
Eruption in twilight
Glowing lava tumbling down on the Sciara del Fuoco
Lien & Lorre sent us the following report from a recent visit to Stromboli:
Stromboli's summit craters in eruption
"Thursday 5th of July, what's in a date... We were lucky to be on the right spot at the right time… Our third day at Stromboli, we went for the easy hike via San Bartolo to the north to the “osservatoria”.
It’s an easy 5km walk. Once you arrive at the restaurant at the “osservatoria” you can take a small footpath that leads you to two look outs, one at altitude 200m and one at 400m. When we arrived at the 400m height, we had a beautiful view at the “Sciara del Fuoco” , the collapsed northern wall of the Stromboli… When the sun went to sleep that day, one of the craterholes started to spit his lava in a continuous way while the other holes kept their rhythmes, that means an explosion every half an hour. After a few hours we started to see an orange glow at the slope… The Stromboli had already spitted that much lava that a stream of lava was born… He only went a bit more then halfway the “Sciara del Fuoco”, at that point the rocks broke down from the head of the stream and went downhill, at highspeed and with a lot of noise, into the Mediterranean sea. An experience we will never forget !!
Finally we visited a volcano in full action ;-) You must know that last summer we went to Hawai’i to see the volcanoes, a few days after we booked our holiday, an earthquake disturbed the lava flows that were going on since 1983. Only 4 months (in 30 years) there was no flow to see... and we were there at that time ;-((
Lien & Lorre"
Fri, 6 Jul 2012, 10:05
An episode of increased activity was observed at Stromboli on 5 July evening. Tremor was visible on the seismic recording and Dr. Boris Behncke (INGV Catania) reported a lava fountain from the western vent in the crater accompanied by a small lava flow on the Sciara del Fuoco. read all
Tue, 26 Jun 2012, 15:53
Our colleague Marc Szlegat just returned from a visit to Stromboli volcano whose activity has recently been increasing. Marc observed that there were 5 active glowing vents within the crater terrace. The most spectacular explosions took place from the eastern vent, the cone that had been building since 2009. They occurred roughly every 20 minutes, with sometime powerful explosions ejecting lava bombs up to 300 m height, many of which falling onto the Sciara del Fuoco. read all
Fri, 8 Jun 2012, 07:38
Stromboli volcano is in a phase of strong activity. Reports by visitors and images taken with the webcams show that in particular the northwestern vent in the summit crater often produces strong explosions that shower the crater terrace with incandescent lava. read all
Sun, 18 Sep 2011, 08:00
2-3 few days ago, the activity of Stromboli decreased significantly from its record intensity observed during the first half of September, and is now back at normal levels. ... read all
Mon, 12 Sep 2011, 18:12
During most of August and up to today, Stromboli's activity has been at some of its highest levels observed in recent decades. Protagonist has been the NE crater, which has been continuing to produce powerful lava bubbles. Ejections of incandescent lava bombs often reached more than 500 m height, and hit both the Pizzo and Bastimento areas, the most popular viewing points (which for this reason remained closed for excursions most of the time). ... read all