5 November 2007: Summit activity resumes
In November 2007, Marco Fulle and Tom Pfeiffer visited Pizzo with local Magmatrek guides. Mild NE wind made for good visibility of the collapsed crater terrace, on which five vents were erupting every five to ten minutes. Compare these photos with the situation in May 2006, before the terrace subsided in March 2007: the western rim of SW crater gives a good indication of the amount of subsidence. The eastern part of the terrace is now approximately 100 metres lower than before. All photos were taken between 5pm and 6pm from Pizzo (GMT + 1hr) with 16mm, 28mm and 135mm lenses and a digicam (equivalent focal length of 20mm, 42mm and 200mm on 24x36 film).
Magmatrek guide Zazà reaches Pizzo at sunset...
...and surveys the deeply subsided crater terrace.
The right vent within NE crater erupts briefly once per hour.
The left NE vent is much more active, erupting about once every ten minutes.
Fish-eye view of the collpased terrace; a relatively long ash eruption occurs in SW crater.
Zoom on the vent in the SW crater: after an ash eruption, lava fountains are sustained for over one minute.
Also the eruptions from the left vent of NE crater are of about one minute duration.
A longer exposure shows continuous spattering from two nearer vents within the central crater (seen at left).
Zoom on the left vent of NE crater: at the beginning of an eruption lava is ejected from a small opening.
After about one minute, the lava's pressure breaks open a fissure below the vent, and lava is ejected towards the observer.
Near the end of evening twilight: another long eruption of ash and lava from the SW crater.
A powerful eruption from the NE crater launches incandescent bombs towards Sciara del Fuoco and the sea.
|Copyright: M. Fulle.|