posted on Nov, 17 2011 @ 03:14 AM
Report on the last eruption
The 18th paroxysmal episode occurred 23 days after its predecessor (23 October), the longest quiescent interval between paroxysms since early July
2011. In nearly all other respects, this event was a precise repetition of the preceding episodes, of similar duration, intensity, and quantity of
eruptive products. Finally it is notable that the eruptive activity started just one hour after a magnitude 4 earthquake offshore the northern
(Tyrrhenian) coast of Sicily, in the area between Capo d'Orlando and Sant'Agata di Militello.
The lava flow produced by this eruptive episode has followed the same path as those emitted during the previous episodes, toward the floor of the
Valle del Bove, immediately to the north of the Serra Giannicola ridge, stagnating to the southwest of Monte Centenari. The flow reached a total
length of little less than 4 km. The New SEC cone underwent further growth in height, mostly on its southern side, where at least 10 m of new material
accumulated bringing the total height of the cone to about 180-200 m above its base.