Mount Etna violent eruption, aviation color code upgraded to red, Italy

(ORDO NEWS) — A new paroxysmal eruption episode began at Mount Etna, Italy at 11:27 UTC on February 21, 2022. This is the second paroxysm on Etna in 2022.

At 11:15 UTC today, strong Strombolian activity began on the volcano with an ash cloud moving south, causing the Mount Etna Observatory to raise its aviation color code to red.

Activity intensified at 11:27 UTC, with lava fountains and volcanic ash cloud reaching about 10 km (32,800 ft) above sea level and moving SE.

Strombolian activity in Etna Southeast Crater reached a full paroxysmal phase – the first of the year – on February 10, 2022, with lava fountains 500 to 600 m (1,600 to 2,000 ft) high, lava flows to the southwest and southeast, and eruptive column up to 10 km (32,800 ft) above sea level.

The aviation color code was upgraded from yellow to orange at 04:16 and to red at 18:59 GMT.

Although Etna is not famous for pyroclastic flows, three flows were recorded during this eruption – at 20:40, 21:19 and 21:26 UTC.

The first two streams traveled a few hundred meters in the direction of Valle del Bove, while the third one headed south, also a few hundred meters.

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