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
If you value what we do here, create your ad-free account and support our journalism.
Your support makes a difference
Dear valued reader,
We hope that our website has been a valuable resource for you.
The reality is that it takes a lot of time, effort, and resources to maintain and grow this website. We rely on the support of readers like you to keep providing high-quality content.
If you have found our website to be helpful, please consider making a contribution to help us continue to bring you the information you need. Your support means the world to us and helps us to keep doing what we love.
Support us by choosing your support level – Silver, Gold or Platinum. Other support options include Patreon pledges and sending us a one-off payment using PayPal.
Thank you for your consideration. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Commenting rules and guidelines
We value the thoughts and opinions of our readers and welcome healthy discussions on our website. In order to maintain a respectful and positive community, we ask that all commenters follow these rules:
We reserve the right to remove any comments that violate these rules. By commenting on our website, you agree to abide by these guidelines. Thank you for helping to create a positive and welcoming environment for all.