Eruption updates & news from Stromboli:
Stromboli volcano (Italy): activity back to normal levels, summit reopened
Sunday Sep 18, 2011 08:00 AM | BY: TOM PFEIFFER
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.
The NE crater (towards Stromboli Village and well visible from along the Sciara del Fuoco) is still showing impressive explosions of liquid lava bubbles every 15-30 minutes, with explosions typically reaching 100-200 m height, showering the outer flanks of the cone with glowing bombs, many of which then roll down the Sciara into the sea.
At least 2 other vents in the central and NW crater area also display strombolian eruptions of similar intensity at slightly longer intervals. Only weak spattering occurs from time to time from the NW cone.
Excursions to the summit area of Stromboli, now open again, have resumed.
Monday, Sep 12, 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). ... [more]
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The lava flow from yesterday is no longer active at the moment.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]