Following an increase in Strombolian activity on February 27, 2017, Mount Etna, Europe’s largest volcano, continues erupting and it appears the activity is now spreading to all the craters at the top of the mountain.
INGV reported that Strombolian activity at Etna’s New Southeast Crater (NSEC) cone had gradually intensified beginning at 16:00 UTC on February 27. Lava soon overflowed the vent, quickly traveled down the S flank, and then slowed after reaching the gently sloping terrain. The flow spread SSW, towards the old cone of Monte Frumento Supino.
Frequent Strombolian explosions ejected incandescent lava fragments up to 200 m (656 feet) above the vent. INGV-Osservatorio Etneo staff observed sporadic emissions of vapor and brownish ash from several vents within the NSEC. A new pyroclastic cone around the vent had grown higher than the highest points on the SEC (Southeast Crater) or NSEC. The lava flow slowly advanced on top of the snow, and by March 1 was about 1.5 km (0.9 miles) from the vent. By the late evening, activity declined, and the volcanic tremor amplitude rapidly diminished.
However, the activity at the volcano continued and now it appears it is spreading to all craters.
As of early March 15, the volcanic tremor amplitude is sharply rising.