Photo page 1.11.1999
All photos were taken on 1. November 1999 (times are local and +/- 30 mins) except where indicated, during a quick visit to Etna. All pictures are links to larger versions (usually 20 to 120 K). In order to give an idea of the perspective, the focal length of the camera lens used is given (i.e. 15mm = ultra wide angle lens).
16h00; 14mm. View towards Bocca Nuova (BN) from Southwest. Loud detonations were usually followed by massive ash emission.
17h30; 135mm. BN lava flow shortly after sunset. Note the spattering where the flow starts. On the following day all flow activity stopped.
17h40; 50mm. BN lava flow and intensive strombolian activity from BN's western vent.
19h00; 50mm. BN lava flow and intensive strombolian activity (accompanied by loud detonations) from BN's western vent.
15h00; 14mm. View towards BN from the South. South East Crater (SEC) on the right.
13h00; 14mm. Overview of SEC (upper left), tumulus and hornitos of the SEC lava flow (center right).
14h00; 135mm. Spattering of a hornito below South East Crater (SEC). Vigorous effusive activity had re-started here just one day before.
13h30; 35mm. At first lava is flowing towards the East and is «mined» for the production of ash trays to be sold, as souvenirs, to tourists.
22h00; 50mm. All afternoon and until now the SEC hornito drains towards the East.
22h00; 135mm. Close-up of the grotta-like opening of the hornito.
22h00; 135mm. Details of the lava flowing towards the East.
22h15; 135mm. Two parts of the lava flow re-join soon after leaving the hornito.
22h00; 135mm. Close-up of the spattering activity from an opening on the western side of the hornito.
22h00; 50mm. Spattering from an opening on the western side of the hornito. White dots are stars!
22h30: Suddenly the hornito breaks open on its western side, and from now on all lava drains this way. Spattering is moderate at first, but intensifies as time goes by.
22h40: Spectacular spattering from the SEC hornito. Very loud degassing takes place at the glowing hole on the left.
Usually the photographer is not shown, but... 1.11.1999, about 16h00, foto © G. Krabusch, Hamburg: Jürg (center) H. Krabusch observing the spectacular ash emission from BN.
Early November, 1999, foto © G. and H. Krabusch, Hamburg: Strong ash emission continues after the first major snowfall of the winter. From left to right: BN, SEC, Montagnola (white cone).
(270K) 27. Oct. 1999: The ash cloud drifting away from Etna over the Ionian Sea and thermal emission from BN; NOAA satellite image. Courtesy Operational Significant Event Imagery at NOAA
(270K) 29. Oct. 1999: The ash cloud drifting away from Etna over southern Sicily and thermal emission from BN; NOAA satellite image. Courtesy Operational Significant Event Imagery at NOAA