Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency features the eruption of a volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli. Early on Sunday morning, the eruption released huge plumes of smoke and a lava flow pouring into the sea.
“The eruption caused the partial collapse of the crater terrace which was followed by major flows of lava stretching to the sea and enormous plumes of smoke rising several hundred metres above the volcano. Italian civil protection authorities raised the alert from yellow to orange as the ‘situation of enhanced volcano imbalance persists,'” says ESA.
“The northernmost island of the Aeolian archipelago, located just off the northern tip of Sicily, Stromboli’s volcano has been erupting almost continuously for the past 90 years.”
The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission captured this image less than five hours after the eruption.
Image Credit: ESA