Report on Etna (Italy) — 8 June-14 June 2022
Smithsonian / US Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report,
8 June-14 June 2022
Managing Editor: Sally Kuhn Sennert
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 2022. Report on Etna (Italy). In: Sennert, S K (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 8 June-14 June 2022. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.
37.748°N, 14.999°E; summit elev. 3357 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
INGV reported that during 6-12 June explosive activity at Etna’s Southeast Crater (SEC) produced sporadic and minor ash emissions that rapidly dispersed. The fissure located at the upper part of the Valle del Bove, between 2,700 and 2,900 m elevation, continued to produce lava flows at a variable rate. The flows were most active between 2,000 and 2,100 m elevation but overall were visibly cooling during the week. Flows from the fissure that had opened on 7 June at the base of the N wall of the Valle del Bove, at 1,979 m elevation, had traveled 170 m and were also cooling. A new fissure with three active vents opened on 11 June around 1,900 m elevation. Lava effusion was slow, and the flow only traveled a few tens of meters.
Geological Summary. Mount Etna, towering above Catania on the island of Sicily, has one of the world's longest documented records of volcanism, dating back to 1500 BCE. Historical lava flows of basaltic composition cover much of the surface of this massive volcano, whose edifice is the highest and most voluminous in Italy. The Mongibello stratovolcano, truncated by several small calderas, was constructed during the late Pleistocene and Holocene over an older shield volcano. The most prominent morphological feature of Etna is the Valle del Bove, a 5 x 10 km caldera open to the east. Two styles of eruptive activity typically occur, sometimes simultaneously. Persistent explosive eruptions, sometimes with minor lava emissions, take place from one or more summit craters. Flank vents, typically with higher effusion rates, are less frequently active and originate from fissures that open progressively downward from near the summit (usually accompanied by Strombolian eruptions at the upper end). Cinder cones are commonly constructed over the vents of lower-flank lava flows. Lava flows extend to the foot of the volcano on all sides and have reached the sea over a broad area on the SE flank.