Etna has done it again. The 5th paroxysm of this sequence of paroxysms has produced the most spectacular fountaining of this sequence and one of the most spectacular views in a long time. Around 18:30 local time (17:30 GMT) it was noticed the volcanic tremor was rising, and not much later the first strombolian activity could be recorded from the new southeast crater, which has been the location of all the previous paroxysms of this sequence.
The activity quickly ramped up to provide a spectacular show around 19:30 – 20:30 local time. Fountaining has been reported up to 800 meters in height by mr. Behncke of the INGV in Catania. The episode ended rather abruptly and did not cause a big lava flow going down into the Valle del Bove, but it has probably been the most intense fountaining event since the Voragine events in the late ’90s. Due to the strong wind, most of the volcanic bombs/scoria have been blown towards the northeast.
Below are some video’s provided in the comments and from what I could find myself on youtube and elsewhere, just to provide some of Etna’s awesomeness for those who could not see it happen out there. Please share any additional spectacular photos and videos in the comments if you come across them, so I can also include them in the post. I’m guessing them Italians were always way ahead of their time, naming their mountain with the acronym of Every Time New Astonishment.
thanks ScienzaObsoleta for the link.
Turn the volume down, someone is grinding something in the background. The video is the most spectacular I’ve found yet of this paroxysm though.
Video from different perspectives.
Time-lapse from the Etna Walk webcam, posted by ‘pgen’ at the Wired Eruptions blog.
Thanks to tgmccoy for mentioning this
This morning the volcano looks quiet again, with only the black lava in the snow as proof of what happened, as can be seen in this photo made by, again, mr. Behncke of the INGV.
By seeing all this, one can only wait and hope for more of this the next days!
Links to previous posts on the latest paroxysms: