Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, has erupted again, less than a week from it's last eruption. In the morning of November 23, 2013 the 17th paroxysmal eruptive episode occurred at the cinder cone east of Etna's Southeast Crater. Continuous explosions produced steam plumes and few rings of gas followed by lava fountains as high as 700-800 meters (up to 2600 feet). There were reports of lightning phenomena within the eruption column.
INGV Catania reported a rapid evolution from strombolian activity to lava fountains but significantly less extensive than those emitted during the November 16/17, 2013 paroxysm. The eruption column, about six kilometers high, was charged with pyroclastic material that was dispersed by the wind toward north-east.
The lava flows development are quite limited and significantly less extensive than those emitted during the November 16-17, 2013 paroxysm.
Video courtesy of Volcano Discovery
Video credit: KDEtna
Small group of hikers experienced basaltic scoria raining down on them near Rif. Citelli and managed to record the event (video below).
Another video footage shows ash and small pieces of volcanic rock falling from the sky and blanketing roads and cars in one nearby town.
Poor visibility is obscuring more observations.
Featured image: YouTube video screenshot (Credit: VolcanoDiscovery)
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