Stromboli (Italy) – Report for 28 August-3 September 2019 – NEW

INGV reported that the paroxysmal eruption at Stromboli recorded at 1217 on 28 August produced an ash plume that rose 4 km above the summit. The eruption consisted of three explosions; the first two occurred at the Area C-S (South Central crater area), and the less intense third event occurred at Area N (north crater area) and ejected material onto the Sciara del Fuoco. Material from the collapse of the eruption plume contributed to the generation of a pyroclastic flow that traveled down the Sciara del Fuoco and several hundred meters out to sea. Morphological changes to Area N were evident after the paroxysm. The complex of small scoria cones, which had grown around the vents during the last few weeks, were destroyed. The NW crater rim of Area N had subsided, allowing lava flows to travel down the Sciara del Fuoco. During an overflight on 30 August volcanologists noted that Area N had collapsed and contained three vents generating Strombolian activity, and Area C-S had one large crater exhibiting Strombolian activity.

Strombolian activity resumed after the paroxysm on 28 August; lava flows from Area N reached the coastline by 1945. The next day lava from Area N flowed halfway down the Sciara del Fuoco at 2123 on 29 August and shed material from the front that rolled down to the coast. A new explosive sequence at Area C-S began at 2243 and produced tephra fall in Ginostra (1.5 km from the summit). A low-intensity explosion was recorded at 2329. A lava flow from Area C-S reached the sea during the early part of 30 August. Strombolian activity persisted at moderate levels during 31 August-3 September.

Source: Sezione di Catania – Osservatorio Etneo (INGV)