Eruption March 2007: Lava entering the Sea
On 27 February 2007 Stromboli started another big flank eruption in Sciara del Fuoco. Here are first impressions Marco enjoyed after arriving on the island. Five other pages focus on particular phenomena during the eruption. All times are local (GMT + 1hr). Focal lengths of lenses used on a digicam are given (to be multiplied by 1.5 to obtain the equivalent focal length on 24x36 film).
3 March 2007 7h, f=16mm. Thick clouds of steam from the sea cover most of the island at our arrival.
5 March 2007 14h, f=10mm. A thick column of steam rises from the lava delta. Smoke from the summit craters at left.
3 March 2007 18h, f=50mm. The first view of the lava flowing towards the sea as fast as one meter per second.
6 March 2007 18h, f=10mm. Tom Pfeiffer recording the delta accumulated from masses of molten rock.
11 March 2007 19h, f=16mm. A guide and tourists return from Filo del Fuoco: in the sky Sirius (center), Orion and Taurus (right).
6 March 2007 17h, f=50mm. A week after the start of the eruption, only one flow still interacts violently with the water.
6 March 2007 18h, f=50mm. During the late twilight we notice that also a closer flow is slowly advancing towards the sea.
6 March 2007 18h, f=50mm. Hot, liquid lava flows through tunnels in the delta before entering the sea at far right.
6 March 2007 18h, f=300mm. Zoom on the lava tube's seaward end: here the lava interacts mildly with the seawater.
6 March 2007 18h, f=300mm. Zoom on the more active lava flow entering the sea: wild interactions of water and lava.
4 March 2007 15h, f=50mm. By boat towards Sciara: the vent feeding the two flows appears behind the thick steam from the sea.
4 March 2007 15h, f=50mm. Daylight view of fluid red lava flowing towards the sea at a speed of about two meters per second.
4 March 2007 15h, f=135mm. White salt crusts cover rocks above the plume.
4 March 2007 16h, f=50mm. The sea entry on the left flow is less violent than the right one.
4 March 2007 16h, f=16mm. Wide angle view of the whole Sciara, steaming summit craters and Strombolicchio (left).
4 March 2007 17h, f=16mm. Back towards Scari: the acidic sea water in the plume causes yellowish hues in the sunlight.
|Copyright: M. Fulle.