A high-intensity explosion on the slopes of Stromboli propelled an avalanche of hot ash and gases down the side of the Italian volcano on Monday (Nov. 16).
The stronger-than-usual explosion was captured on cameras operated by the Istituto Nazionale Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV). Imagery shared by Il Mondo dei Terremoti on Twitter shows the eruption in real-time; video captured by infrared cameras that shows the ultra-hot initial eruption and the slightly cooler cloud of ash and gases careening downslope. This avalanche of hot ash and gases is known as pyroclastic flow.
This is the second above-average explosion on Stromboli in the past two weeks. On the evening of Nov. 10, INGV’s cameras captured another large eruption at the volcano.
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“Stromboli is the northeastern most of the Aeolian Islands,” says John Search on his website VolcanoLive. “Stromboli volcano has one of the world’s longest recorded periods of activity.”
The Aeolian Islands, in turn, are located in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily. The Aeolian Islands are named after the demigod of the winds Aeolus. The islands’ inhabitants are known as Aeolians. The islands are sometimes referred to as the Lipari Islands or Lipari group after their largest island.