Eruption updates & news from Stromboli:
Stromboli volcano (Italy) activity update: continuing weakly alimented lava flow and frequent moderate explosions
Wed, 3 Jul 2019, 19:2019:20 PM | BY: T
Strombolian eruption this evening from Stromboli's western vent and the active lava flow (image: Vulcani a piedi webcam)
As night falls, one can see strong glow from the craters and continuing frequent, typical strombolian explosions of medium to large size (but within the levels of activity often observed at the volcano).
View of the crater area before and after today's massive explosion showing that the large cone in the northern crater area is mostly missing now (images: Vulcani a piedi webcam)
A weakly alimented lava flow is present on the upper Sciara del Fuoco. Today's larger blast seems to have removed all or most of the large cinder cone that had dominated the northern crater area (see images before / after attached for comparison). The blast itself was likely the consequence of a gas-rich surge of fresh magma that quickly rose and exploded at the vents. Immediately before, its rise had pushed the overlying magma column out, which explains the lava overflow observed before the eruption.
Now, the configuration of the vents can be expected to have changed significantly, probably widened, and allowing magma to reach the surface more easily.
An important question to see will be whether the supply rate of magma will remain elevated in the near future, likely to cause continued lava flows and perhaps additional explosions.
Access to the summit area is closed until further notice.
Wed, 3 Jul 2019, 18:49
Unfortunately, today's eruption has also claimed at least one life. ... read all
Wed, 3 Jul 2019, 17:45
Wed, 3 Jul 2019, 16:19
A series of at least two very large explosions occurred this afternoon at the volcano. They probably rank among the largest recorded at the volcanoes in decades. ... read all
Fri, 19 Apr 2019, 14:43
The activity at the volcano remains stable, fluctuating between low to moderate levels. Strombolian explosions occur at rates of few minutes interval on average from several vents in the crater terrace. read all
Thu, 21 Mar 2019, 03:19
During the past weeks, activity has gradually decreased to the volcano's typical low to normal levels of activity. read all