Mount Etna 2013

New South East Cone

16th bis 24th November 

 M. Szeglat, M. Rietze, Th.Boeckel

in deutsch

Paroxysmus on the 16th/17th and 23rd November


This tour in the Parox * - lottery in 2013 was quite different from the last frustration tour which happened only virtually at our monitors. This time we were absolutely in place. However, on the return flight on 23 November, the trickiest question of all had to be asked directly at the check -in desk at the airport of Catania. The choices ranged from the local live- observation or a place on the plane to Munich. But in the moment of the check –in, Etna was twinkling to us directly through the large glass window of the terminal with an ash cloud, and the strong development of the eruption could be well observed. So we decided literally in the last second to drive again to the volcano while canceling the home flight. Up again on the highway! As usual ... the normal madness.

*(Paroxysm, - medically -> attack etc..; designation of the very singular eruption form at the volcano Etna with intervals of hours (anno 2000) up to several weeks (anno 2011/12))

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Etna from the west and the evening mood at the craters in the Laghetto region

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The beginning of the paroxysm from 16/17th of November. This parox did developed very slowly but…

...lava fountains and big bubbles

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During the long lasting eruption of Mount Etna overnight, lava bubbles were shared out in a perfect symmetry. Here we speak not of a few hundred meters, but rather than of ONE KILOMETER in diameter! The estimation I derive from it the instantaneous height of the New-South-East cone of about 300m. While taking our position in the range of 1.5 kilometers from the base of the cone I say, oha a quite imposing and impressive natural spectacle! :-)

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Long and fast exposured images show the large-scale sharing out of lava bombs on the New South East Crater

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Ash rain in direction NO. The volcano in the fisheye objective.

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The steam and ash cloud is heading towards the north-east lain coastal towns. The inhabitants of Taormina and Giarre are probably grumbling again by swinging the broom to an athletic ash removal. At least ash rain went after the paroxysm on 23 November in this region down. ( Newspaper La Sicilia).

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The volcano in the 10,5mm fisheye objective

 

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Wide ranging ejecta over the cone base in direction Vale dell Bove .

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Shock the grandma: from the right: M. Szeglat, M. Rietze, Th. Böckel

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 Volcano illuminated crater in the Laghetto/ Belvedere region

COMET ISON BRAKE...

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The comet could be observed hardly with the naked eye, and is positioned in the middle picture over the city of Giarre at base of Mt.Etna. Unfortunately we missed the telescope and tracking. So we could only expose for a short time with the 300mm telelens to represent the comet still 'reasonably'.

And further on: The announce of the new paroxysm at the 23rd of November

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Because of the severe storms in the Mediterranean, shipping to Stromboli was exposed and so we dealt during the quiet week with swimming courses at wind force 5 and the repeated visit of the Alcantara Gorge. So in the evening on the 22nd November Martin and I stared bored to the NSEC, and we thought it would be better the pock will not show more Strombolians, because our flight leaves tomorrow morning. Well, the reply came promptly, and at dusk the first Strombolian ejecta was already to see. Thanks Etna, doesn’t it gets an evening earlier!

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The paroxysm developed mightily and appears extremely dynamic and energetic. This time, we got the impression that the volcano literally pulverized the emerging lava. Red lava fountains could not be observed. We could actually observe an ascending compact lapilli column in the dimension of estimated 1-1.5 kilometers above the summit area. (Story to the photos, above).

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More images may follows


More at

ALPE by M.Rietze   vulkane.net 


To the Paroxismus from 03/13/2013 click to


And here the increasing Tremor from the 16/17 and 23nd November.

Here you can see the different time lines of both paroxysm. The activity of the Parox at the 23nd Nov. took a short time and ended with a

peak abruptly. Instead, the activity of the 17th seems like an elephant back.

 24 hours observation  INGV-data-wall  M.Szeglat,T.Boeckel,B.Behncke,M.Rietze

Thanks to the    for the informations

 


Paroxismus from the 1rst April 2012              

Paroxismus from June 2011

Oldies, but Goldies. Mt. Etna from 1999 to 2006


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