Surge of Magma Causes Lava Lake of Erta Ale Volcano to 'Boil Over'

StoryfulPublished: May 28, 20174 views
Published: May 28, 2017

Paul Reichert took part in a <a href="https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/photos/erta-ale/jan17/lava-lake-overflows.html" target="_blank">Volcano Discovery tour</a> to Ethiopia in January 2017 and was lucky to witness a surge of magma overflowing the caldera during one of Erta Ale volcano’s most spectacular and intense eruptive phases in decades.

A surge of magma from depth (probably a small rifting episode) caused the lava lake in the southern pit crater of the caldera to overflow and build up a broad shield before collapsing, following the draining of the lake through a system of flank fissures 2-4 km downhill from January 21 – a day after Paul and his group had left.

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