Another paroxysmal eruption of Etna Volcano in Italy sends thick plume of ash and gas several kilometers in the air (video and photos)

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Sicily’s Mount Etna erupted again on Wednesday, producing lava flows and sending up plumes of ash several kilometers into the air from the volcano’s southeast crater.

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Etna eruption on June 2 2021. Picture via Youtube video

The volcano produced yet another lava-fountaining episode or paroxysm from the new SE crater on June 2th morning, with no more than three days since the previous explosion.

Volcanic tremor began to increase around 8 am. There wer followed by an onset of weak strombolian explosions at the new SE crater’s saddle vent around 9:45 am.

After a first slow activity phase, the paroxysmal eruption reached its maximum intensity around 10:30 local time, generating 300/400-meter-high lava fountains and a plume of gas and ash that rose several kilometers in the air and drifted east-southeast.

The paroxysm also ejected lava that flowed along the southwest flank of the volcano. Ash and small lapilli (up to 1.0-1.5 cm) fell the town of Santa Venerina.

The lava fountain activity lasted until about 12:40 local time, while the explosive activity ended up around 12:50.

Etna is the largest of Italy’s three active volcanoes which also include Stromboli, on the Sicilian island of the same name, and Mount Vesuvius near Naples – which last erupted in 1944.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Great place to open a real pizza restaurant. Be slick to have it in a cave, and pizza ovens inside the mountain base.

    Betcha it would be a big hit too. Have a grotto with some music, and atmosphere. Dancing for the youngsters. Torches, and maybe a water feature.

    People seem to enjoy living around potential disaster. May as well make the best of it?

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