On Christmas Eve 2018 Mount Etna, Europe's highest and most active volcano, started erupting.
By HansPeter Roesli (Switzerland)
The Meteosat-11 Volcanic Ash RGB image (Figure 1, top right, click to expand) and animation (Figure 2) shows the first phase of the eruption, from 24–25 December.
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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