Eruption updates & news from Stromboli:
Stromboli volcano (Italy), activity update: extremely strong activity
Monday Sep 12, 2011 18:12 PM |
Eruption of an exploding lava bubble from the NE crater (9 Sep 2011)
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).
Powerful explosion from the NE crater sending bombs many 100 m high and showering the flanks with glowing bombs (9 Sep 2011).
In the crater itself, up to 10 active vents were reported to be visibe by people who had a chance to visit Pizzo briefly during periods when excursions were possible.
During our stay on 9 September, in addition to the spectacular activity of the NE crater, the steep cone active in the NW part of the crater terrace was observed to erupt constantly with pulsating strombolian bursts reaching 50-150 m. The central crater vent erupted at "normal" intensity roughly every hour.
Residents of Stromboli village reported that during the first week in September, bombs could often been seen even from Scari, something which people living there for 30 years don't remember except for some few isolated paroxysmal eruptions, but not repeatedly and regularly.
A friend of ours on Stromboli told us that during one explosion around the end of August, people fled an eruption in panic from the 400 m viewpoint above the Sciara del Fuoco, which normally is completely safe. We visited the spot on 9 September and found the activity very impressive from there. Photos are posted on: this page.
Monday, Aug 22, 2011
Stromboli volcano continues to be at an elevated level of activity, with frequent long-lasting spattering episodes from the NE crater, and occasional lava flows on the crater terrace. This indicates that the magma level inside its conduits is still unusually high. [more]
Stromboli volcano (Eolian Islands, Italy), update: strong activity continues, summit area OPEN for excursions
Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011
The unusually strong summit activity at Stromboli volcano continues. Limited access to the summit area has been reopened for groups accompanied by certified guides only. This access permission is subject to daily review by the local Civil Protection. [more]
Stromboli volcano (Eolian Islands, Italy), update: lava flow stopped, summit access temporarily closed
Wednesday, Aug 03, 2011
The lava flow from yesterday is no longer active at the moment. As initially suspected, it was an overflow from the NE crater, not from a new flank vent. The explosive strombolian summit activity is continuing. The Civil Protection has temporarily closed access to the summit. [more]
Tuesday, Aug 02, 2011
A new lava flow eruption at Stromboli volcano has started today. The webcam of INGV suggests that the vent is the NE crater which seems to have overflowed and is feeding a flow down over the 2003 lava plateau and the Sciara del Fuoco and has reached the sea already. ... [more]
Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011
A lava flow is active from the SE vent of Stromboli volcano. The lava flow is confined to the crater terrace, but indicates very high levels of magma inside the conduit. [more]