Photograph by Jack Lockwood, U.S. Geological Survey.
In Mid July, 1997, strombolian activity was evident in three vents on Etna. On November 9, 1995, a similar episode lasted one hour, producing abundant ash and lapilli that fell on a wide area of the southeast part of the volcano, which is known as Catania. Catania has a population of one million people and it is about 20 miles southeast of the summit of Etna.
From July 19th to the 20th lava overflowed from the South East Crater at Etna This was the first time lava has flowed from the
crater since 1990. On July 23, 1997 lava overflowed from the northeast crater.
This flow traveled a distance of more than 0.6 miles to the east. This
flow ceased on July 29, but other flows continued.
Previous eruptive episodes
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