Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Elevated action at Erta Ale

Erta Ale, the shield volcano with a lava lake that is about as far from anything as anything can be in Africa, recently had a surge of activity.  This surge meant that the normally quiet lava lake, down low in a crater inside the caldera, rose, and finally overflowed its crater, pushing lava flows onto the caldera floor.  And then, the lake level dropped, the crater collapsed, and lava broke out from fissures on the side.  That has happened before, but not recently.

A group from Volcano Discovery was fortunate to be at Erta Ale when this activity was taking place, but missed the fissure eruptions (they were seen from space).

I grabbed two great pictures from the gallery of pictures that the group took.   Go there for some more hot lava action.

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