ETNA VOLCANO PHOTOS
- Activity in November 2006 (Part 7) - Strong explosions (spattering) and new lava flows from the 3050 vent West of SE crater (4) -
7 November 2006: explosive activity from the 3050 m vent and new lava flows
|On the afternoon of 8 November, SE crater has a brief episode of ash emission and strombolian activity that lasts only a minute. Instead of culminating into a paroxyxm from the SE crater itself as on the day after, another surprising spectacle awaits us today: the vent at 3050 m W of the cone, that has been inactive for a few days becomes active again, feeding new flows that are emplaced on and next to the ones from the previous episode from 1-3 November. Only a fewer visitors, mainly mountain guides are in the area and rush to the scene.|
|A second vent on the same fissure, about 30 m above the large effusive vent, has been active and feeding a slow lava flow. Suddenly, explosive activity starts at this vent (spattering) that quickly becomes violent, throwing bombs to 200 m height.|
|Sequence of explosions from the upper vent, that grow bigger. The lower vent continues to emit a large and fast moving lava flow with several branches.|
|Effusive and explosive action at twilight; the broad cone of the summit crater complex (Bocca Nuova and Voragine craters) in the background. Tiny persons in the scene give the scale.|
1 November 2006: open channel skylight at 2800 m vent
|The advancing, young lava fronts, with their typical thin, sheet-like appearance.||Heated air refracts the bright sun.||The effusive lower vent.|
|Descending and widening lava flows. Groups of people with torches arrive on the scene.|
|Spattering action from the upper vent at night, the bright trajectories are fragments of exploding lava bubbles several meters across.|
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