Avanti, the weather forecast announced already for the Sundays night
a change of the predominating dry Scirocco currency around the
Lipary Islands. Thus the clearly announced Saturday night was our
only hope for the observation of the eruptive events at the crater
terrace. In good faith this short trip brought us into the
Tyrrhenian sea, and after a one and a half years break finally to
the volcano Stromboli
and only night was actually unusually clear and nearly windless.
Here a change
of the crater terrace was offered to us. The east range was not any
more a dominating “elephant back” with two trumpet-like outlets.
However the two at this time active vents were placed in the used
(April/May 2009). One of the eastern
vents was active during the night in an interval of approx. 20
minutes and ejected under loud noise lava shreds and cinder up to
150 meters into the area. The western side was divided into four
tubes whereby two tubes were moderately active. Altogether we
counted eight red-hot tubes. The lava carpet one weekend before the
in the center of the terrace, observed by Marco Fulle, has meanwhile
cooled off: - (.
characteristic between the western vents was to be observed. A
withdrawing hydrogen flame high up to five meter, started
simultaneous with the cinder output of the neighboured tubes and
appeared blue-violet, and delighted our minds. With the beginning
dawn the colouring disappeared and to our surprise the withdrawal
aerosol appeard rather carbon black.
Briefly said, the total activity ran in a more or less moderate kind
of condition, and after the detailed observation of these regular
dim lights we decided to step down to the lower western crater edge.
Lets bring some oomph into the whole thing.
distance of approx. 30-40 meters a more detailed view to the western
tube culture could be enabled.
Here U can
recognise the breathing of the volcano very closely. Smallest
details up to ejections of approximately 100 meters delighted corpus
and brain due to this direct proximity.
The sinking full moon in the western background gave this
performance of natur the contours of the crater areal, and with the
increasing dawn further unique light moods could be spellbounded on
From the side view the eight red-hot eruption tubes in the black
terrace had rather the appearance that this could be also the golf
course of the devil. (The hell rogue however was not sighted, maybe
After daybreak the east crater was taken in sights. Here further
eruptive details were captured.
Finally is to
be said and it was remarkable the fact, that despite violent
eruptions like the one in the year 2007, the basic formation of the
crater terrace finds the way back again and again and the eruption
tubes steps nearly again to the same positions.This probably points
out, thats very sturdy eruption channels in the depth of the volcano
are placed, which cannot be changed and/or destroyed even by strong
ALL craters can erupt and throw out far behind the mentioned
observation points. In this distance lava bombs can cause fatal