Italy’s Mt. Etna rumbles with 15th eruption

September 29, 2011SICILYOn the evening of 28 September 2011, the New Southeast Crater of Etna has produced its 15th paroxysmal eruptive episode since the beginning of this year. The culminating phase of this episode lasted less than a half hour but was more violent than those of the preceding paroxysms; on the contrary lava emission was rather minor, forming two small flows that reached the upper part of the steep western slope of the Valle del Bove. The ash plume was driven southwestward by the wind. –ER
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11 Responses to Italy’s Mt. Etna rumbles with 15th eruption

  1. Very impressive video. Thank you Alvin. Do you know how many people have been evacuated so far?



  2. RainMan says:

    5.6 near Fukushima


  3. RainMan says:

    No damage to plant or fears of tsunami


  4. kendyl says:

    are there any injuries ?


  5. Michele B says:

    This is the volcano (Etna) I used to have recurrent nightmares about as a child after watching a documentary on TV.


  6. Deb says:

    Hi Alvin, Thanks for your work. I was just on the ‘Global Volcanism Program’ page by the USGS and Smithsonian. They have not updated their page since the 27th and have nothing on there about Etna. What do you think is up?? Deb


  7. Blaze says:

    I almost hate to say…but somewhat beautiful and rhythmic…the flames danced like a ballet.

    I certainly hope noone was hurt…but I also appreciate the powerful beauty.


  8. luisport says:

    Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN) reported more than 900 new seismic events at Hierro during 20-26 September, five of them felt by residents. The maximum magnitude recorded was 3.4. The total number of located events had reached more than 8,100 since the anomalous activity began on 16 July. The rates of both GPS deformation and seismic energy release had significantly increased during the previous seven days. On 23 September, the Canarian Autonomous Government raised the Alert Code to Yellow. Lewotobi – CVGHM raised the Alert Level for Lewotobi Lakilaki, one of two stratovolcanoes composing Lewotobi, to 2 (on a scale of 1-4) on 22 September due to increased seismicity since 17 September and visual observations. Although no significant changes in the volcano were observed, diffuse white plumes rose 15 m above the crater. Visitors and residents were prohibited from going within a 1-km radius of Lewotobi Lakilaki. During 21-25 September CENAPRED reported steam-and-gas emissions from Popocatépetl. An explosion on 26 September ejected incandescent fragments and produced an ash plume that rose 2.5 km above the crater. Following the explosion, a series of 11 gas-and-steam plumes containing small amounts of ash rose from the crater.… taken Fuego, in Guatemala off active status now. Nabro volcano (Eritrea/Ethiopia) : evidence of ongoing activity (satellite pictures)
    There was an eruption of lava at Puyehue – Cordón Caulle


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