Published on 1 March 2021
We already mentioned the first two eruptions of the Etna volcano in this news item from 19 Februari:
Today we report on the seventh paroxysm within two weeks, which occurred on the morning of 28 February 2021. This episode was very brief but rather powerful: the lava fountains did not reach significant heights, but an impressive column of volcanic debris and hot gases was emitted. The ash fallout reached several municipalities more than 20 km east from the crater, and the massive fallout of rock fragments ejected from the volcano slowed down the transit on the Messina to Catania motorway.
This new image, acquired by one of the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites on 28 February 2021 at 9:50 UTC (about one hour and 30 min after the eruptive event), shows the ash plume drifting away in the Mediterranean Sea.