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Spectacular Eruption of Mount Etna – November 17th, 2013

37.7N 14.9E

November 19th, 2013 Category: Volcanoes VIIRSSuomi-NPP

Italy – November 17th, 2013

Visible in the center of this image is Mount Etna, in Sicily, Italy. A white cloud of ash and steam can be seen spewing forth from the volcano, which is already erupting for the third time in 2013 (previous ones were on 11 April and 26 October). Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity.

Plume of Ash from Mount Etna, Italy – April 13th, 2013

37.7N 15.0E

April 13th, 2013 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Italy – April 12th, 2013

A plume of ash billows forth from the caldera of Mount Etna, on the Italian island of Sicily, and blows due southeastward over the Mediterranean Sea. According to ground reports, the volcano has experienced  a series of paroxysms with lava fountains since the first week of April, and is now also experiencing vulcanian activity – truly explosive activity characterised by a dense cloud of ash-laden gas exploding from the crater and rising high above the peak. These are not something normally seen on Etna where ‘Strombolian’ activity is more common.

Popocatépetl Eruption Continues; Ash Plume Rises Higher

19.0N 98.6W

March 8th, 2013 Category: Volcanoes

Mexico – March 7th, 2013

Popocatépetl Volcano is located just 70 km (43 mi) southeast of Mexico City, Mexico. It is one of the most active volcanoes in Mexico, having had more than 15 major eruptions since the arrival of the Spanish in 1519. Volcanic activity increased again in February 2013, and ash emissions still continue (click here for previous images). A plume (visible in the upper left quadrant) rises to at about 27,000 ft (7 km) altitude (or approx. 1500 m above the crater) and drifts east. The seismic signal shows numerous volcanic quakes, but less tremor.

Steam and Ash from Popocatépetl Volcano Near Mexico City, Mexico – March 7th, 2013

March 7th, 2013 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Mexico – March 7th, 2013

A thick white pillar of steam and ash from Mexico’s Popocatépetl volcano fans out as it blows east-northeastward. The volcano has been showing signs of activity since February 2013, and according to reports is now entering a new phase of increased activity. Accompanied by strong tremor, a continuous ash and steam emission column is rising to 23,000 ft (7 km) altitude and drifting in the wind.

Popocatépetl is an active volcano located in the states of Puebla, State of Mexico, and Morelos, in Central Mexico, and lies in the eastern half of the Trans-Mexican volcanic belt. At 5,426 m (17,802 ft) it is the second highest peak in Mexico, after the Pico de Orizaba at 5,636 m (18,491 ft).
It is linked to the Iztaccihuatl volcano to the north by the high saddle known as the Paso de Cortés.

Popocatepetl is 70 km (43 mi) southeast of Mexico City, from where it can be seen regularly, depending on atmospheric conditions. Until recently, the volcano was one of three tall peaks in Mexico to contain glaciers, the others being Iztaccihuatl and Pico de Orizaba. In the 1990s, the glaciers such as Glaciar Norte (North Glacier) greatly decreased in size, partly due to warmer temperatures but largely due to increased volcanic activity.

Mount Etna Erupts for Third Time in 2012, Italy – March 5th, 2012

37.7N 14.9E

March 5th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Mount Etna - March 4th, 2012

Visible by the left edge of this image is Mount Etna, in Sicily, Italy. A white cloud of ash and steam can be seen spewing forth from the volcano, which is already erupting for the third time in 2012. Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity.

Mount Etna is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, close to Messina and Catania. It is the tallest active volcano in Europe, currently standing 3,329 m (10,922 ft) high, though this varies with summit eruptions; the mountain is 21 m (69 ft) higher than it was in 1981. Etna covers an area of 1,190 km² (460 sq mi) with a basal circumference of 140 km, making it by far the largest of the three active volcanoes in Italy.

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