Etna had got us well used to this, recently! Between 2014 and 2016, fast eruptions followed one another every three months or so, with spectacular fountains of fire that attracted crowds of tourists from all over Europe. All this ended suddenly in April 2017 when the last eruption was no longer followed by other events … for over a year!
Did you know that .. Lava is not the same as magma. We often use the terms interchangeably. In fact, there is a differentiation.
The red-hot magma masses are located under the earth’s crust. Inside of Mount Etna there are 3 magma chambers. The largest of the three is 30 km in the deep, the middle about 10 km above the first and the smallest about 2 km below the highest point of the volcano. In this chamber, the magma accumulates in small holes in the rock.
Over the last few weeks weeks, the strombolian activity inside the Voragine crater, one of the four summit craters of Etna, lasted without relevant changes.
The activity became noticeable by its intense explosions and changeable frequency, with larger red-hot lava ejections, sometimes accompanied by minor amounts of volcanic ash, in some cases, the chunks have been thrown more than 10 meters above the crater edge. (more…)
Last night the Etna offered a very special show again. In the morning of 31th January 2015 you could already state the beginning of a new eruptive episode. The volcanic eruption lasted until the morning of 2nd February. At the beginning the view was limited due to the weather conditions, too many clouds.
Continues the effusive activity of the two new twin cones.
Eruptive activity continues unabated on the top of Mount Etna, in the central-south of the volcano, where about 30 days ago have formed two small cones with effusive activity from lava, explosions, explosions and so very active. The two cones, being positioned at a distance of a few tens of meters apart, were called “Gemini”, and several weeks are closely monitored by local authorities.