11.-15. October 2005: Eruptions as seen from Pizzo
The photos on this page were taken on three different days. On each one, Marco Fulle (MF) and Jürg Alean (JA) were part of a group led by official Stromboli volcano guides. Access to the summit was strictly limitted to guided groups, who were only allowed to remain one hour on Pizzo. Fortunately the activity was exceptionally strong, thus facilitating photography. Please scroll to see all 16 photos on this page.
On the way from Ginostra to Pizzo: 11. Oct. 18h f=16mm fisheye from Portella di Ginostra. Spectacular sunset with Panarea at the center of the image (MF).
11. Oct. 19h f=28mm. Simultaneous eruptions lasting 30s from two vents in NE crater. Light E wind blows away steam thus improving visibility of the crater terrace (MF).
14. Oct. f=50mm. Waiting for an eruption. From left to right: Glowing vents in SW cone, NE cone (center), NE crater with sustained spattering (not a strombolian eruption! JA).
14. Oct. f=50mm. Stromboli spectacular: While strong spattering continues from NE crater (right) NE cone (center) and SW cone (left erupt simultaneously (JA).
14. Oct. f=50mm. Eruptions from NE cone (left center) were relatively brief and, due to expulsion of massive amounts of gas, very noisy. They were occasionally heard from Stromboli village (JA).
11. Oct. 19h f=28mm. Some bombs from NE cone fly higher than Pizzo. This corresponds to a maximum altitude of roughly 250m and requires an exit velocity of about 70 meters per second from the vent (MF).
15. Oct. f=50mm (cropped). Powerful gas jets drive eruptions from NE cone (left), breaking ejected spatter into mostly small fragments. Only few large bombs get thrown out (note relatively thick line on the right of the jet; JA).
15. Oct. f=50mm. (JA). NE cone eruptions (left) took place roughly every 10 mins, however some intervals were shorter than one minute. Continuous pattering from NE crater on the right (JA).
11. Oct. 20h f=28mm. SW cone in the central crater only rarely erupted (center left). Like at NE cone its jets of contained few bombs but a lot of gas. Some of its eruptions lasted very long (MF).
15. Oct. f=80mm. NE crater produced, in addition to continuous spattering, some of the biggest eruptions. During this one a single bomb landed on the near side of the crater wall (JA).
14. Oct. f=50mm. Final phase of on eruption at NE crater. Most bombs have already fallen. creating a glowing blanket, in particular on the crater's right-hand side. Lights from two tourist boats in the background (JA).
15. Oct. f=80mm. During a particularly stron eruption from NE crater several bombs land on it's near side, tumble down the slope and leave bright tracks on the photo (JA).
15. Oct. f=80mm. Continuous spattering from NE crater. The intensity of spattering varied considerably on a time scale of dozens of minutes (JA).
15. Oct. f=80mm. Occasionally the spattering was as powerful as "normal" strombolian explosions observed during times of weak activity! (JA)
15. Oct. f=50mm (cropped). Steam emitted from the NE crater partially hides the spattering and gets illuminated by the full moon (JA).
14. Oct. f=80mm. (JA) SW crater erupted only occasionally and in an unsual, sideways direction (JA).
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