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Authors: Bonaccorso, A.*
Bonforte, A.*
Currenti, G.*
Del Negro, C.*
Di Stefano, A.*
Greco, F.*
Title: Magma storage, eruptive activity and flank instability: inferences from ground deformation and gravity changes during the 1993-2000 recharging of Mt. Etna volcano
Issue Date: 2010
Keywords: Etna, volcano, monitoring, deformation, gravity
Abstract: A long recharging period characterized Mount Etna volcano during 1993-2000 before the main explosive-effusive 2001 and 2002-03 flank eruptions. The joint analysis of ground deformation and gravity data over this entire period revealed that different phenomena occurred within Etna's plumbing system and clearly inferred two phases spanning 1993-97 and 1994-2000, respectively. The first phase was characterized by magma storage and accumulation at an intermediate depth (2-6 km below sea level), which provoked an overall inflation and positive gravity changes. During the second phase, the magma started to rise and intrude at shallower levels favouring the movement of the unstable eastern flank, which accelerated its sliding toward the East. The shallower magma accumulation also caused the gas exolution, associated with increasing explosive activity at the summit craters, detected by a gravity negative variation. The gravity measurements, independently of the same result obtained by geochemical studies, confirm that only 20-30% of the magma volumes supplied in the plumbing system were then erupted. The complex dynamic of rising magma beneath Mount Etna makes ground deformation and gravity measurements complementary, being able to detect different effects of magma emplacements beneath the surface. Our results also highlight how the joint use of ground deformation and gravity observations may be crucial in identifying the nature and rate of an impending season of volcanic eruptions.
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