Mount Etna eruptions light up night sky

Mount Etna eruptions light up night sky

May 31, 2019– Mary Greeley News – Italy’s Mount Etna lit up the night sky in the early hours of Friday, spewing lava and ash high over Sicily.

In the night of 29-30 May 2019, Mount Etna, in Sicily, Italy, erupted again. During the first eruptive phase, a dense column of ash was emitted from the New Southeast Crater; this activity ended in the afternoon of 30 May.

Instead, a rather sustained Strombolian and effusive activity is continuing at the two fissures that opened in the north-east and south-east sectors of the New Southeast Crater (Nuovo Cratere di Sud Est). Images recorded by the surveillance IR cameras of the INGV and during field surveys by INGV staff show the expansion of two distinct lava flows within the Valle del Bove

Europe’s highest and most active volcano burst into life at 3am (CEST) with eruptions sending rivers of smoking red lava streaming down its southeastern slope.

Seismic activity began to rise on Thursday evening, peaking around midnight and decreased over the following hours.

Mount Etna eruptions light up night sky

Fissures in the 3,330 meter-high peak can flare into action several times a year, although the last major eruption was in 1992.

Mount Etna, or Etna, is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, Italy, in the Metropolitan City of Catania, between the cities of Messina and Catania. It lies above the convergent plate margin between the African Plate and the Eurasian Plate.

The eruptions began at 3am local time and also produced large amounts of smoke but did not affect nearby Catania airport.

Boris Behncke, from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, posted a series of stunning photos of lava taken from nearby towns.

Mount Etna eruptions light up night sky

The northern lava flow extends toward the northern wall of the Valle del Bove and subsequently turns eastward, reaching a maximum distance of about 2 kilometers on the morning of May 31, at an estimated altitude of about 2050 meters.

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The second, southern lava flow is apparently more vigorously fed than the earlier and emerges from a ground crack near the upper portion of the eruptive fissures that fed the eruption of December 2018. This flow expands towards the southeast along the western internal wall of the Valle del Bove, partially covering the lava flows of 2018.

After skirting Serra Giannicola Piccola, in the early hours of 31 May the flow reached the bottom of the valley, with advancing lava fronts at about 1700 meters above sea level. Its estimated total length is about 3 kilometers.

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