Etna eruption update
24 Feb. 2005
As the INGV reports, Etna's SE crater has resumed its emissions of dense black ash on the morning of the 24th.-
The SE crater, the youngest of Etna's 4 summit craters, had been the site of vigourous activity throughout much of 1998-2001, but remained quiet after the end of the July-August 2001 summit and flank eruption. In early 2005, sporadic ash emissions resumed, sometimes accompanied by visible glow at night, indicating that magma once more has risen inside its conduit. More spectacular activity from this crater might follow during the next weeks or months.
Source: INGV - Catania
19 Feb. 2005
Etna's SE crater continues to emit black ash, indicating that fresh magma is inside the cone's conduit at relatively high level.
At the same time, the effusive eruption that started on the 10th of Sep. 2004 continues from 3 vents on the SW wall of the Valle del Bove depression. At the highest of these vents, located at 2620m elevation, a new outbreak of lava occurred on the evening of the 17th as our colleague Charles Rivière reports, creating a new surface flow on the recently emplaced field. During the past weeks, most lava fed from the vents had been diverted into lavatubes, and thus, was not directly visible near the vents.