Mount Etna | February 16, 2021 marked the beginning of several paroxysms that have occurred on Mount Etna to date.

The paroxysms of Etna volcano: a photographic show

With an almost systematic cadence of maximum 48 hours, the summit crater of the southeast has given rise to these paroxysms, all in all spectacular for those who live around the volcano, but creating some discomfort for the neighboring populations especially for the fallout of ash and lapilli on all surrounding areas.

What is a paroxysm?

The most active phase of an activity in the summit area, with its emissions of gas, ash, lapilli and lava that can reach fountains even thousands of meters high, is called paroxysm.

These accelerated phases of the volcano normally have short times with high peak points and immediately they lose power calming down and returning everything to normal.

Up to now we have arrived at 13 paroxysms that day and night have made Mount Etna the scene of photographs and images that have circulated throughout the world, leaving everyone amazed and enchanted to see the force of nature in a few hours.

February 16, 2021 – 1st Paroxysm of Mount Etna in 2021
February 21, 2021 – 4th Mount Etna Paroxysm in 2021
February 24, 2021 – 6th Mount Etna Paroxysm in 2021
February 28, 2021 – 7th Mount Etna Paroxysm in 2021
March 4, 2021 – 9th Mount Etna Paroxysm in 2021
March 12, 2021 – 12th Paroxysm of Mount Etna

© Foto: Anniek Bakker & Alessandro Lo Giudice

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