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Stromboli volcano (Eolian Islands, Italy): lava flow on Sciara del Fuoco, field report and images

Wed, 25 Jan 2023, 08:33
08:33 AM | BY: T
The lava flow on Stromboli's Sciara del Fuoco last evening
The lava flow on Stromboli's Sciara del Fuoco last evening
The active part of the lava flow below the summit craters
The active part of the lava flow below the summit craters
The lava flow at dusk
The lava flow at dusk
The red-illuminated Sciara del Fuoco with the lights of Salina Island in the background
The red-illuminated Sciara del Fuoco with the lights of Salina Island in the background
The lava flow seems to have decreased over night although probably remains active in the upper part of the Sciara del Fuoco.
After our recent Etna special tour, Tom decided to visit Stromboli island on his way home. At 3.30, while the ferry was at neighboring Panarea island, a large brownish ash plume could be seen rising from the area of the Sciara del Fuoco on Stromboli island in the distance, a tell-tale sign that a landslide had occurred, which was the case, as a result or trigger, or both, of a magma surge leading to the new lava overflow.
Last night, the activity was very impressive to observe: A well-fed flow emerged from a breach in the northern crater rim, then split into two arms, one of which formed a broad lava fall over a cliff about 50 m from the vent. Below this area, the lava formed 3 parallel arms that entered a gully (formed by previous landslides), hiding the flow from direct view.
Judging from the glow, the lava flow front reached a few hundred meters below the crater area. Occasional glowing rockfalls descended to near the coast.
The typical strombolian-type activity continued from the northeastern summit vents as well, at intervals of 5-20 minutes. Most eruptions were small, but occasional larger ones formed small fountains reaching approx. 200 m height. In addition, some of the vents produced loud degassing noises from time to time.

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Wed, 25 Jan 2023, 03:54

Stromboli volcano (Eolian Islands, Italy): new lava on Sciara del Fuoco

The lava flow brightens emissions of gas and steam (image:
A new lava flow started to emerge from the North crater terrace at about 14:20 local time yesterday. ... Read all
Sat, 21 Jan 2023, 05:23

Stromboli volcano (Eolian Islands, Italy): effusive activity waned, lava stopped to keep flow active

The current activity is confined to Central-South crater area, the lava flow has decreased (image: INGV)
The latest available report from the volcano observatory in Catania INGV seems to confirm that the latest lava flow has rapidly decreased its advance and is cooling at the time of this update. ... Read all
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Stromboli volcano
stratovolcano 926 m
Eolian Islands, Italy, 38.79°N / 15.21°E
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5) Stromboli volcano eruptions:
Persistant (near-constant) activity since at least 2-3000 years. Most recent effusive (lava flow) eruptions from Dec. 2002-July 2003, March 2007, Aug-Oct 2014. Paroxysm 3 July 2019
Typical eruption style
Small explosive (strombolian) eruptions, typically every 20-30 mins. Intermittently, ca. every 2-20 years, minor effusive eruptions (lava flows); on average 2-5 times per year larger explosions.

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