Mount Etna erupts on Christmas Eve

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

Mount Etna erupts on Christmas Eve
Date & Time
24 December 2018 11:00 UTC–25 December 03:00 UTC
Volcanic Ash RGB

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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