Sudden activity with lava fountains recorded at Etna volcano, Italy

Strombolic activity continues on the volcano Etna, Italy, with brief but violent lava fountains occurring about every 1-2 days.

The aviation color code has been raised to red 2 times in the past 2 days – at 18:52 UTC on June 19 and 22:01 UTC on June 20.

A sudden increase in strombolic activity was observed at 21:53 UTC on June 20, with volcanic material falling on the outside of the Southeast Crater.

This activity escalated into a lava fountain episode (paroxysm) at 22:15 UTC, accompanied by a lava outpouring toward the SE.

The explosive activity ceased by 00:14 UTC on June 21, but the lava flow to the SW continued.

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