Stromboli volcano (Italy) activity update: very high activity
Wed, 10 Jul 2019, 10:1410:14 AM | BY: T
Strombolian eruption from Stromboli this morning (image: Vulcano a Piedi webcam)
Current activity level is very high (image: LBZ)
The volcano's activity has been increasing during the past days and is now categorized as "very high".
Comparison of two active vent locations; the one seen in the right picture had not been observed before (images: INGV thermal webcam)
After the violent explosion (paroxysm) on 3 July, the volcano immediately returned to its typical intermittent strombolian activity, but it is still unclear how it this event is to be interpreted in context with the current increase.
The new level of activity is based on a relatively strong seismic signal and an elevated frequency and size of strombolian explosions. Most of them seem to occur from the western vent. In addition, a new vent with occasional strombolian activity has appeared at the outer end of the collapsed NW crater area, located above the short-lived effusive vent which had formed and been active before, during and immediately after the 3 July paroxysm, producing a new lava flow on the western Sciara del Fuoco.
What comes next at Stromboli is impossible to say. Based on historic behavior patterns, chances are that it will eventually stabilize and return to (fluctuating) levels of normal activity for an extended period of time. However, the risk of another larger eruption or the effusion of lava flows exist as well.
Needless to say that the summit area is strictly off-limits until further notice.
Sat, 6 Jul 2019, 08:51
Activity at the volcano remains intense, but as typical for the volcano: Several vents, most notably the collapsed western and northeastern ones show very frequent moderate to strong strombolian explosions and near-continuous spattering. ... read all
Fri, 5 Jul 2019, 11:13
Fri, 5 Jul 2019, 09:38
Stromboli volcano (Italy) activity update: frequent strombolian explosions, large part of crater missing
The volcano is showing its normal activity, with frequent strombolian explosions of mostly moderate size from various vents. read all
Wed, 3 Jul 2019, 19:20
Stromboli volcano (Italy) activity update: continuing weakly alimented lava flow and frequent moderate explosions
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). ... read all
Wed, 3 Jul 2019, 18:49
Unfortunately, today's eruption has also claimed at least one life. ... read all