Published on 10 July 2019
Mount Stromboli, on a small island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, has been in almost continuous eruption for the past 2,000 years. Its activity is almost exclusively explosive, but lava flows do occur at times, most recently in 2014.
Looking at this animated image (taken by the SEVIRI instrument on EUMETSAT's Meteosat-11 satellite on 3 July, 14:00–23:45 UTC), it is clear that the main eruption occurred some time between 14:30 and 14:45 UTC. There was one stronger episode of ash and SO2 ejection in the atmosphere, sensed by SEVIRI infrared channels, where the content spread in arch-like pattern that expanded and spread mainly in a south-easterly direction.