Etna chugging away, 6 January 2011
A voluminous plume of gas - largely water vapor, but also with significant amounts of sulfur dioxide and other gas species - is rising from the summit craters of Etna on this clear, sunny Epiphany day in Sicily, and even the extinct - though still hot - fissure of the 2008-2009 eruption on the upper east flank (at right) is giving its contribution of steam. This is how the volcano looks from my home in Trecastagni, a view that I had been dreaming of for most of my life.
Today the volcano looks relatively quiet, though we know the magma has risen to the summit craters and some has been expelled during the mild explosive activity at the Southeast Crater on 2-3 January 2011. To keep you informed, the INGV Catania web site is the most official source of information for Etna that there is at all. You can watch a significant quantity of web cams eyeing Etna from different angles - those of the INGV Catania, plus a number that are maintained by private enterprises, as Etnatrekking, Etnaweb, and Radiostudio7 . If you think you see something strange on any one of these web cams, you better check the INGV-Catania web site, or my Flickr photo stream or my Facebook or my Twitter.