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Third paroxysm at Etna in 2011

On 10 April 2011, Etna produced a new, violent and spectacular paroxysm from the active crater on the east side of the Southeast Crater cone. After more than two days of increasingly intense Strombolian activity, lava fountaining started around 11:30 (local time = GMT+2), accompanied by voluminous lava emission and the rise of a tall column of ash and gas. The acme of the paroxysm lasted little more than 2 hours and then gradually declined. As of nightfall on 10 April, some glowing lava is still visible near the crater, but there are no signs of ongoing eruptive activity.


This view was taken at 11:45 local time from Monte Fontane, a panoramic viewpoint about 8 km to the east of the Southeast Crater.

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Taken on April 10, 2011