This picture shows a close-up of the activity of a vent erupting blobs of blood-red basaltic magma at a temperature of approximately 1000°C. The picture was taken during the Mt. Etna 2001 eruption, one of the most important of this volcano in the last century: in fact, after prolonged magma accumulation, the eruption opened a new path for the rise of magma on the south flank, in addition to the already open central conduit. This eruption marked a new cycle in the recent life of Etna, lasting nearly two decades and being accompanied by significant flank slip and seismicity, also threatening the lower inhabited eastern slope.
Valerio Acocella (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu)