Project Description

DEIMOS-2 Image of the Week (acquired on 23/9/2015): Mount Etna Volcano

This image captures smoke spewing from Europe’s highest active volcano: Mount Etna.
The 3 350 meter-high volcano resumed eruptions in May this year according to the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanic Studies (INGV). Etna is the largest and tallest volcano in Europe, and one of the most active volcanoes on Earth. Etna’s eruptions can occur both from its summit and from its flanks. Looking at the image, we can clearly see smoke plumes blowing out from the four craters on the volcano’s summit. The four craters are, from top to bottom: the North East crater, the Voragine and Boccanuova (located within the central crater) and the South East crater, which has recently been the most active of the four craters. Deimos-2 data can be used to detect real-time volcanic activity and the various phenomena associated with it including lava flows and ground fissures.