Lava flows on Stromboli 2002-2007

11 March 2007: The Eruption from Above

This page shows the eruption from the helicopter of the Italian Civil Defense. We thank Nino Ragusi, editor of «Volcanoes of Light», for contacting Civil Defense, and overall the Press and Information Department of the Italian Civil Defense, organizing the flight on 11 March 2007 from 10.20 to 10.40am (local time = GMT + 1hr). All photos taken by a fisheye 16mm lens and a S3 digicam (equivalent focal length of 20mm on 24x36 film).

11 March 2007: The Eruption from Above
Collapsed NE crater from NE. Note deep fissures in the foreground and the steaming eruptive fissure joining the NE crater and the active vent.
11 March 2007: The Eruption from Above
Sections of Sciara del Fuoco, in the foreground, has subsided by about 30m since the eruption begun (left). Flying north over the active vent on the right.
11 March 2007: The Eruption from Above
For the best views some risk had to be taken... This photo was taken "straight down"!
11 March 2007: The Eruption from Above
Above Sciara del Fuoco: Strombolicchio and Stromboli village (left) and a complete view of the eruptive theater from the NE crater to the sea (right).
11 March 2007: The Eruption from Above
Flying over Ginostra, great views of Vancori (right), Fossetta and Portella di Ginostra (center). Stromboli village in the background.
11 March 2007: The Eruption from Above
Note the new path reaching Liscione (bottom right), the helipad, then Pizzo (center), and the descent route through Portella delle Croci and Forgia Vecchia (bottom left).
11 March 2007: The Eruption from Above
Circling above the island: Sciara del Fuoco with the active vent (bottom right). Note the deep fissures South of the NE crater.
11 March 2007: The Eruption from Above
Another vertical photo taken through the open helicopter door: complete view of Sciara del Fuoco from the Crater Terrace (left) to the Sciara's shore (right).
11 March 2007: The Eruption from Above
Close passage over the active vent. Note the 400m helipad and path (top left).
11 March 2007: The Eruption from Above
Near the lava delta; note the steaming vent, at right, of NE crater active on 9 March and narrow black lava flow.
11 March 2007: The Eruption from Above
Flying opposite the 9 March flow, well visible on the right of a brown landslide, in the middle of Sciara del Fuoco.
11 March 2007: The Eruption from Above
Returning towards San Vincenzo, passing the lava delta.
11 March 2007: The Eruption from Above
Cameraman Salvatore Renda takes the last frames during this flight.
11 March 2007: The Eruption from Above
Landing at the Centro Operativo Avanzato of Italian Civile Defense (San Vincenzo).
11 March 2007: The Eruption from Above
4 March, 16h, f=50mm. Another helicopter leaves for an observation flight.
11 March 2007: The Eruption from Above
6 March, 16h, f=50mm. Helicopter near the lava delta.
Copyright: M. Fulle.