Mount Etna erupts on Christmas Eve

Mount Etna erupts on Christmas Eve

24 December 2018 11:00 UTC–25 December 03:00 UTC

Mount Etna erupts on Christmas Eve
Mount Etna erupts on Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve 2018 Mount Etna, Europe's highest and most active volcano, started erupting.

Last Updated

21 December 2020

Published on

24 December 2018

By HansPeter Roesli (Switzerland)

The Meteosat-11 Volcanic Ash RGB image (Figure 1) and animation (Figure 2) shows the first phase of the eruption, from 24–25 December.

 Meteosat-11 Volcanic Ash RGB, 24 December 14:00 UTC
Figure 1: Meteosat-11 Volcanic Ash RGB, 24 December 14:00 UTC

In the following days Etna only released a quite strong S02 plume (green), no red-to-yellow ash signal was detected in the plume any more. In the new year the activity appeared to have weakened considerably or stopped altogether.

 
Figure 2: Meteosat-11 Volcanic Ash RGB animation, 24 Dec 11:00 UTC–25 Dec 03:00 UTC

In the animation pan-African-like colours of red-gold-green show that ash and S02 travelled eastwards across the central Mediterranean.

 

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