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Eolian Islands, Italy, 38.79°N / 15.21°E
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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
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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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Stromboli volcano (Italy): another massive explosion today

Wednesday Aug 28, 2019 10:41 AM | BY: T

Today's explosion at Stromboli; note the impacts of bombs on the upper slopes (image: Francesca Utano / VolcanoDiscovery)
Today's explosion at Stromboli; note the impacts of bombs on the upper slopes (image: Francesca Utano / VolcanoDiscovery)
Pyroclastic flow traveling down the Sciara into the sea (image: LGS webcam)
Pyroclastic flow traveling down the Sciara into the sea (image: LGS webcam)
Seismic signal of the explosion (image: INGV Catania)
Seismic signal of the explosion (image: INGV Catania)
View from 400 m shortly after the explosion showing the pyroclastic flow (image: INGV Catania webcam at 400 m)
View from 400 m shortly after the explosion showing the pyroclastic flow (image: INGV Catania webcam at 400 m)
Thermal image of the eruption (image: INGV Catania thermal webcam at 400 m)
Thermal image of the eruption (image: INGV Catania thermal webcam at 400 m)
Rain of lapilli in Scari (image: Francesca Utano / VolcanoDiscovery)
Rain of lapilli in Scari (image: Francesca Utano / VolcanoDiscovery)
Bush fires ignited by volcanic bombs above the village of Stromboli (image: Francesca Utano / VolcanoDiscovery)
Bush fires ignited by volcanic bombs above the village of Stromboli (image: Francesca Utano / VolcanoDiscovery)
Relatively strong eruption from one of the NE vent about 30 minutes before the paroxysm (image: INGV thermal webcam at 400 m)
Relatively strong eruption from one of the NE vent about 30 minutes before the paroxysm (image: INGV thermal webcam at 400 m)
Another major explosion has occurred at the volcano minutes ago at 12:18 local time.
Details are yet unclear, but from the image we received from Stromboli, it was another massive explosion from the summit vents, producing an ash plume that rose probably a few km, ejected bombs to the upper slopes of the volcano and caused a pyroclastic flow that traveled down the Sciara into the sea.
It is not clear whether any appreciable precursors could be detected. Activity had been very high during the past weeks and the summit area was already closed, which hopefully prevented any injuries or worse. From webcam images, nothing very unusual could be detected in the minutes before, just a relatively strong (but not unusual) eruption from a vent in the northeastern crater at 11:55 local time.
In the eastern shore area of the island (Scari), centimeter-sized lapilli are falling.
This time, the eastern and northeastern flanks of the mountain above the village of Stromboli have been hit more by bombs than during the 3 July paroxysm (which had mainly affected the southern and western slopes above Ginostra). Bush fires are visible in areas down to approx. 250-300 m.
We embed a video taken from a boat escaping the pyroclastic flow(s) that descended the Sciara and traveled over the sea. It shows that there were actually two flows next to each other, eventually merging towards the shore. Most likely, at least some if not all of the material forming the pyroclastic flows originated from collapsed portions of the crater terrace where lots of new materials had been deposited during the intense activity of the past weeks.

Impressive pictures of the ash plume rising approx. 4 km above the volcano can be found everywhere on social media:
This video shows the eruption as seen by the camera of INGV at 400 m:
Previous news
Eruption at Stromboli volcano this morning (image: LGS webcam at Punta Labronzo)
Sunday, Aug 25, 2019
The level of activity at the volcano remains very high, with little significant changes during the past days: ... [more]
Strong strombolian eruption at Stromboli last night (image: INGV Catania webcam)
Monday, Aug 19, 2019
The activity of the volcano continues at very high levels, perhaps even increasing somewhat compared to the previous week. ... [more]
Eruption and glow from Stromboli's lava flow (hidden in view) on the southern Sciara (image: LGS)
Sunday, Aug 18, 2019
Activity at the volcano remains very high. Frequent and often strong strombolian eruptions occur from several active vents in the crater terrace. ... [more]
Above: strombolian eruptions from the northern vent cluster at Stromboli; below: ash-rich eruption from the cinder cone in the CS crater area (image: INGV Catania)
Wednesday, Aug 14, 2019
The activity at the volcano remains elevated and has not changed much, although it appears to have decreased a bit during the past days. ... [more]
Eruption from a vent of Stromboli and glow from the lava flow on the Sciara shortly after midnight (image: LBS webcam)
Wednesday, Aug 07, 2019
During the first days of the month (Aug 2019), the explosive activity of the volcano has increased further, LGS reported in its latest update on 4 Aug evening: ... [more]

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