Mount Etna

New ash plume from Mount Etna

24 November 2006 00:00 UTC

Mount Etna
Mount Etna

New ash plume from Mount Etna in November 2006.

Last Updated

28 April 2022

Published on

23 November 2006

By Jochen Kerkmann (EUMETSAT) and Jarno Schipper (ZAMG)

A new eruption of the Mount Etna volcano took place on 24 November 2006. In the early morning the south east crater started spouting lava and ash emissions, accompanied by new lava flows from a fracture on the upper southern slope the crater, as well as from the 3050m vent on the flank of Bocca Nuova.

According to Volcano Discovery, the ash plume reached a height of 5km and travelled to the south-east. Volcanic ash fell on Catania, forcing authorities to close the Catania airport overnight. The last time volcanic ash forced the closure of the airport was in 2002 (see Satellite images of the volcanic eruptions in October 2002).

Both, Metop-A and Meteosat-8 captured the thin ash cloud and its movement/expansion towards the south-east. They also captured the new lava flows, i.e. the heat emitted from them (see e.g. Metop-A AVHRR RGB composite IR3.7, VIS0.8, VIS0.6 from 09:30 UTC).

Metop-A, AVHRR, 24 November 2006, 09:30 UTC
Figure 1: Metop-A, AVHRR, 24 November 2006, 09:30 UTC. Large Area. Close-up Look
Met-8, 24 November 2006, 12:00 UTC
Figure 2: Meteosat-8 RGB Composite IR12.0–IR10.8, IR10.8–IR8.7, IR10.8, 24 November 2006, 12:00 UTC. Large Area. Animation (hourly, 06:00–-15:00 UTC)

Additional content

Metop-A AVHRR RGB IR3.7, VIS0.8, VIS0.6 (Close-up Look, 09:30 UTC)
Met-8 channel 12 (HRV) image (12:00 UTC)
Aqua MODIS RGB composite image (pixel size 250m, 12:20 UTC, source: NASA)