Strong eruption at Etna, 50th paroxysmal eruptive episode ejects ash up to 9 km (30 000 feet) a.s.l., Italy

Strong eruption at Etna, 50th paroxysmal eruptive episode ejects ash up to 9 km (30 000 feet) a.s.l., Italy

After about 3 weeks of calm, activity at Etna volcano, Italy intensified again around 15:00 UTC on August 29 with a transition to lava fountaining at 16:45 UTC, marking the volcano's 50th paroxysmal eruptive episode since February 16, 2021. The strong explosive activity lasted to 18:00 UTC.

The Aviation Color Code was raised to Red at 15:25 and lowered back to Orange at 04:15 UTC on August 30.

Dark ash plumes from the crater rose to an estimated 9 km (30 000 feet) above sea level at 17:10 UTC and drifted eastward.

At 03:45 UTC on August 30, SO2 cloud was clearly identifiable from satellite data over Greece, drifting eastward and dissipating.

Seismicity at Etna volcano from August 23 - 30, 2021. Credit: INGV-OE

Eruption at Etna volcano on August 29, 2021. Credit: Boris Behncke

SO2 plume produced by the eruption of Etna volcano on August 29, 2021. Credit: Copernicus EU/Sentinel-5P, Adam Platform, Antonio Vecoli, TW

Etna volcano on August 30, 2021. Credit: Copernicus EU/Sentinel-2, Antonio Vecoli, TW

Featured image credit: INGV-OE


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