|Strombolian explosions and weak ash emissions from the New SE crater.|
Update So 01 Apr 10:19The climax of the eruption with tall lava fountains took place at around 3 am and was relatively short, as during the previous eruption. Lava flowed into the Valle del Bove and the southeastern sector of the Etna and the surroundings received ash fall. It is interesting to note that interval since the previous eruption, 14 days, was exactly the same as the previous interval. This suggests that once again, a certain rhythm might have established itself, and if that is true, the next paroxysm should be expected around 15 April...
Update Sat 31 Mar 22:41Strombolian activity continues at the new Southeast Crater crater observed since the late morning. Explosions throw incandescent material tens of meters beyond the crater edge and, in some cases, bombs fall on the flanks of the cinder cone. During the late afternoon and evening explosions followed one another with an average rate of 20-30 events per hour. The real-time seismic tremor signal shows no substantial changes in amplitude. The tremor signal has started to rise sharply, which could mean that the 23rd paroxysm is about to occur. The next hours will show. After a temporary decrease, tremor has again started to rise and on the webcam, strombolian activity can be seen. Perhaps this time, this IS the start of the next paroxysm? Tremor and activity visible on the webcam are increasing. One would now bet that the paroxysm is going to occur during the night. - Volcano Discovery.
UPDATE: Mount Etna Spews Fiery Lava in Spectacular Eruption!
Europe's tallest and most active volcano, Mount Etna, has erupted for the fifth time in 2012, spewing hot lava and ash in the early hours of Sunday. The lava, which could be seen moving down the mountain's side just after 4am local time, continued to spew until around 5.30 am, according to local news reports. Ash from the eruption landed on the villages at the foot of the volcano; however no damage was reported and nearby airports remained open. - ITN.WATCH: Etna's spectacular eruption.