A watched volcano finally boils

Tremors were on the increase, then went nuts so we knew it was coming

Dave the motorhome is still taking it easy at Eden Parking in Giardini Naxos, at €6 a day including electricity and wifi it would be rude to move. We’ve been keeping a very close eye on the Mount Etna webcams, things were building.

Tremors were on the increase, then went nuts so we knew it was coming
Tremors were on the increase, then went nuts so we knew it was coming

We managed to tear ourselves away from our computer screen for a look around the local market this morning. It was the usual mix of clothes, shoes. sunglasses and fake handbags, along with a few stalls selling kitchen items and food. But our eyes were constantly draw to the looming hulk of Mount Etna, or rather the mass of cloud covering it.

The cloud never lifted higher than this all day
The cloud never lifted higher than this all day
Tantalising glimpses of Etna's snowy slopes
Tantalising glimpses of Etna’s snowy slopes

A nip into the supermarket restocked Jay’s beer supply for tonight (well it is Saturday) and acquired the ingredients we need for a curry for tea. An afternoon of research for places to visit in Greece and putting some new header photos on the site (keep your eyes peeled for some new images, finally) we nipped out to the beach so Charlie could stretch his legs. He’s full of beans at the moment, it must be the Vitamin K that the vet has put him on!

Charlie loves it on the beach near our site - loads of stones to chase!
Charlie loves it on the beach near our site – loads of stones to chase!
Stone chasing pooch - he's back on top form!
Stone chasing pooch – he’s back on top form!
Sometimes he picks up a stone just a bit too big for him to handle
Sometimes he picks up a stone just a bit too big for him to handle

Back to Dave this evening and I settled down to write this blog post as Jay started cutting up the ingredients for tea, then Etna rudely interrupted. Shielded from our view behind a blanket of thick cloud, the new crater that was formed by the big eruption a while back fired off its eighth paroxysm (posh volcano talk for a its eighth big lava burp).

Jay points to where Etna should have been putting on a show :(
Jay points to where Etna should have been putting on a show :(

Taking the computer with me I stood outside in the middle of the site staring at the dark blackness of cloud, our friendly Italian neighbour pointed out where the summit should be, but alas the cloud never shifted an inch. Wrapped up against the cold I watched on the webcam as the lava fountains grew in height and intensity, desperately hoping one of them would pop up above the cloud. They reached a kilometre high, but the cloud was higher than that.

Watching the eruption on the webcam, so near, yet so clouded
Watching the eruption on the webcam, so near, yet so clouded

Rumbling, guttural booms echoed through the air and shook the ground under our feet, no wonder people used to think it was an angered god, as the lava grew higher still, then as quickly as it began, it was over. I’m gutted I didn’t get to see even a tiny glimpse of red lava through a gap in the clouds, but it was amazing to hear it and to think that it all happened just 25km away from where we are.

Webcam shots of the eruption (for some reason the time is UK time!)
Webcam shots of the eruption (for some reason the time is UK time!)

etna5 etna8etna9 etna10We’re back in Dave now so Jay can finish making our curry. The volcano show is over now for a few days, and I suspect we’ll be in mainland Italy by the time it happens again. There’s only one thing for it, we’ll have to have a holiday in Naples one summer and catch the ferry over to Stromboli, the volcano island that is always spewing out lava, not quite as dramatically but still impressive in its own way.

Dave's kitchen is our local curry house tonight!
Dave’s kitchen is our local curry house tonight!

Ju x

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4 Comments

  1. Have a great weekend.
    Wales did the business so getting ready to see what Scotland can do at 20.00 GMT.
    Forest, County and Mansfield all won.
    Panthers league champions

  2. awesome guys…..Stromboli is amazing to see and def worth doing one day. If you can, do the night hike up.
    We are always mesmerized by volcano’s…..so jealous right now.

  3. Wow, how exciting. We’re chilling in the desert at Er Chebbi. Taking a camel out for the day tomorrow. Hope our bums survive. Staying at Auberge Tombouktou on your suggestion. Excellent – thanks.

    • Ah Erg Chebbi, it was so wonderfully relaxing there. We had a Hammam at the auberge spa, a local girl scrubbed me and I’ve never felt so clean!

      Enjoy

      Julie

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