Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-12087
This photomosaic was taken from a helicopter of the Italian Civil Defense Department on 15 May 2008. The eastern sector of Etna has an active eruptive fissure just below the summit craters to the right, and the extent of active lava flows in the Valle del Bove is seen in the center to the left. A major effusive eruption began on 13 May and within the first month lava flows had traveled about 5 km down the Valle del Bove. Effusive activity continued into 2009.
Photo courtesy of INGV-Catania, 2008.