Stromboli showed heightened activity during the last days and weeks.
IngeB found an article on this behavior:
“The stronger eruption intensity of Stromboli has also been subject to an article in Italian webnews. Because of the explosions at its summit, the civil protection organisation has hightened the alert level. http://www.meteoweb.eu/2013/04/non-solo-letna-anche-lo-stromboli-sta-eruttando-con-forti-esplosioni-avviso-di-elevata-criticita-dalla-protezione-civile/200183/ “
Siencia Obsoleta found a wonderfull video of stromboli 17 to 19 april 2013
Etna: Here is the report by our EYEWITNESS to make us all turn green with envy.
Schteve: “Mornin` All,
I know you are all dead jealous, but I don`t mind
I left the apartment at a run about 5 minutes after my comment at 17.17… The locals on Via Etnea who were casually going about their Saturday evening business ( posing in their best clothes and eating ice cream) must`ve thought I was crazy ( 6feet6inches of wild eyed English man going full tilt and saying wow over and over…) It was just about dark when I got to Villa Bellini ( a nice park with the best free viewpoint in town.) What can I say, it was just awesome; I couldn`t hear anything, (too much background noise) but what a show…My breathing eventually returned to normal, but my heart carried on pounding throughout. I took pictures until my battery went flat, but nothing really worth sharing (my camera is a little schnap schot job with insufficient zoom.) Lizzie came and met me after her snooze and we adjourned for cocktails and the second half on the roof terrace of the Palace Hotel…
Somehow I have got around Sod`s Law for once, we are off for 5 days in Palermo tomorrow and I was fully expecting Etna to go boom then…
I have some ash from the paroxysm of 20th April but I will pick up some more from this’n if I get chance…
The next passage is a repost from yesterdays addition to the Sunday post. We wont test today so we need a new post.
Etna Paroxysm # 13 (?) 2013 summary as seen from the point of view of the VC crowd:
Quite some of us had been noticing that the tremmor rose higher and higher over the last few days and quite some, including Carl, had expected /hoped for it to happen a night earlier. We also may have an Eye-witness very close to the action this time. Schteve is spending his holidays in Sicily. We are hoping he watched it and will give us a report when he returns.
The last few paroxysms have been different to those last year. Last year the tremor rose within a very short period of time, an hour or hours at maximum, and then Etna went BOOM, to go back to slumber a few hours later. This year it is different. The tremmor contiually rises over a period of days, during this uprise, lava is already been splashed out occasionally. Incandescent glow is visible on the cams and so people do watch cameras for 1 or 2 days expecting the real action to appear any minute. But Etna is in no hurry and fooled us for at least a day this time. After the show seems to be over it is not. Lavaflows can still be seen and they last for up to 3 days.
With the last 4 or 5 paroxysms the fountain grew bigger and bigger. Each time the media and THE expert Dr Boris B announced afterwards: the event was stronger than the one before. (though yesterdays eruption column is said to be 500 meters, it was almost twice as high with paroxysm #12 2013)
Because of Etna´s different behavior, people here start coming up with new names for the events: Paroxysmal, and other words were suggested. (help me here, I forgot)
Whenever a VC crowd is on the watch and it is also Sheepy Dalek time, people start funny discussions.
Can you see a face in this pic? Or is it a rabbit to you? The “face” ( or the rabbit? ) even got a name: Rudolph!
Carls offical Party Over pic:
A lava flow which seems to emerge not from the top crater but from a side fissure was still visible on the Lave cam which was also seen by Granyia. http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=xm67t5&s=5
I can only quote Renato Rio: “It was great “paroxysming” together.“
Now that was our POV. Here comes the media, the expert and Youtube:
IngeB found this: “In this Italian webnews they say the paroxysm seems to be bigger than the last ones. The noise of explosions is so intensive that the window glass is rattling. This noise can even be heard in Taormina. Wind is from S/SW and the ash cloud directed to Messina and the Calabrian coast.” http://www.meteoweb.eu/2013/04/forte-eruzione-delletna-con-forti-boati-avvertiti-fino-a-taormina/200229/
Of course! Do not miss Dr Boris B.´s Flickr report: http://www.flickr.com/photos/etnaboris/
Arjanemm found this: “For those that haven’t seen enough of Etna, try a search in youtube for “etna 27”. You will find dozens of movies shot yesterday.“
A small selection:
Alans Riddle is still not solved:
Alan C’s Evil Riddle:
My true dusky identity was hidden! My secret lies in my blackness! Confused?
What am I?
Who are my relatives?
Where can I be found?
Pay an old Greek a visit! He may let the cat out of the bag!