Effusive/explosive activity, lava flows and amazing winter scenery at Mount Etna, Italy

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a women experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period.

… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).

… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)

… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)

… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)

Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor pains that occur in greater severity, frequency, size and duration prior to giving birth. End of note.

Effusive/explosive activity, lava flows and amazing winter scenery at Mount Etna, Italy

Posted by TW on December 14, 2018. Watchers.news.


Italy’s Mount Etna continues creating amazing scenery with effusive/explosive activity and two lava flows. Etna’s current activity is very different from what we have seen over the past 8 years, but not atypical.

The activity is taking place at the eastern vent of the New SE crater which is feeding two small lava flows down the eastern slope of the crater towards the upper Valle del Bove.

“The larger and more active flow emerges from the rim of the new cinder cone, while the smaller one to the south of it is coming from a vent located few meters beneath the crater rim,” said volcanologist Dr. Tom Pfeiffer.

“While the lava effusion seems to have been more or less stable, strombolian (explosive) activity has been decreasing over the past days. On December 9, it was continuous, as pulsating low fountains, with abundant noise audible in several kilometers distance,” Pfeiffer said December 13.

“When observed this evening, strombolian explosions were smaller and much more intermittent, and only rarely ejected incandescent material to the outer slopes of the eastern flank of the SE crater complex.”

Activity at the volcano during the first 10 days of the month was characterized by gas emissions at the summit craters, with periodic Strombolian activity from vents in Bocca Nuova, Northeast Crater (NEC), and New Southeast Crater (NSEC). Strombolian explosions at the cone in NSEC became more frequent on December 4.

In addition, lava effusion became continuous with small overlapping flows traveling about 500 m (1 640 feet) down the E flank of the cone.

Incandescent blocks generated by the lava flows rolled to the base of the cone, and occasional small collapses produced minor ash plumes. Strombolian activity and occasional ash emissions were characteristic of vents in the W part of Bocca Nuova’s (BN-1) crater floor.

Gas emissions at Voragine Crater continued from a vent on the E rim of the crater, and Strombolian explosions were evident at NEC.

INGV’s Boris Behncke described Etna’s current activity as ‘very different from what we have seen over the past 8 years, but not atypical for Etna at all.’

INGV will host a special scientific meeting late December 14, discussing the meaning of Etna’s current activity and what might or not happen at the volcano in the near-future. and how to deal with it.

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