Eruptive activity startet at Mt Etna today:
Bad weather with fresh snow and storm prevented the observation of Etna via webcams the whole day. But around 17:30 (UTC), glow was visible at the eastern to northeastern base of New Southeast Crater at about 2800 - 3000 m altitude. Due to the bad weather conditions, I cannot yet say whether an eruptive fissure has opened there or if lava is moving from further up of the South East Crater. The tremor continues to fluctuate in the medium range with short spikes to just above high level.
The volcanic tremor in the last hours shows no particular variations compared to the average trend recorded in the last week.
The signals currently available from the deformation monitoring networks show no significant changes in the last few hours.
Further updates will be promptly communicated.
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ETNA PRESS RELEASE
The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, Etneo Observatory, announces that starting from 17.00 UTC the video surveillance network, when the cloud cover that insists on the volcano has thinned, has highlighted the opening of an effusive vent at the north base. east of the SE Crater, at an altitude of about 2800 m a.s.l., from which a small lava flow is emitted that slowly advances towards the desert Valle del Leone.