On the morning after one of its most stunningly beautiful and violent paroxysms, the New Southeast Crater proudly shows its black cone, contrasting with the snow that covers its silent oder brother (the "old" Southeast Crater cone, seen to the left of the black new one) and most of the surrounding area. The black streak extending down from the New Southeast Crater to the right is lava erupted during the five episodes of lava fountaining between 19 and 23 February 2013, a nearly unprecedented series of multifaceted paroxysms.
This morning, the volcano is quiet, showing only occasional slight shivers, which appear as temporary minor increases in the volcanic tremor amplitude recorded by the seismic stations of the INGV-Osservatorio Etneo. These are reminders that the volcano is in a very active phase, and the little nap will probably not last for long.
Photo taken shortly before 07:00 GMT (=local time -1) on 24 February 2013 from my home in Tremestieri Etneo