posted on Jul, 19 2011 @ 05:09 AM
reply to post by Tzavros
Great article - I'd only debate the times.
On the evening of 18 July 2011, Strombolian activity increased at the crater located on the east flank of the Southeast Crater cone, and
culminated in a new paroxysmal eruptive episode between 0000 and 0230 GMT (= local time -2) on 19 July.
From first hand account it was around 0330 when she realllllly got going and she didn't stop until well into 4:30-0520.
I hate to say it but she looks like a dog who's just come home from a dirty fight. She looks mean.
She's pumping out dark gray ash that's sticking close to her sides because of the heat and the humidity. Once in a while a darker plume rises above
'bocca nuova' and then dissipates. Her base is smokey.
I hitched a ride to Giarra today to get some batteries - The streets there are COVERED in ash fallout. The tops of cars, church steps. When pigeons
flew overhead the ash fell from their wings.
Closer to Etna where I live the ash/sand is much larger - like I showed in the photo - but that makes sense it would come to earth while the finer
grit travels farther down the mountain. There's not much I can do about what's covering my fields. It cuts at the soles of my feet walking between
the tomato plants. They're suffering from being pelted but I think they'll recover.
On a personal note.
I don't know if it's I'm gaining a new fear(?) of Etna, or, I'm only just realizing at this late date the magnitude of her power.
Early this morning standing out in the middle of the grape vines and getting pelted with rocks while the earth trembled underfoot as she sounded?
Watching the dark morning sky light up with lava bombs and new lava flow? I had to admit I don't really have any true perspective of what she's
capable of. But... I'm learning.
Thank you all again,
Peace - until next time!
edit on 19-7-2011 by silo13 because: (no reason given)