Italy’s Etna in most dramatic eruption in 20 years

Posted: December 4, 2015 by oldbrew in volcanos

Etna's 2002 eruption, photographed from the ISS  [image credit: NASA]

Etna’s 2002 eruption, photographed from the ISS
[image credit: NASA]


Fire and hot ash spewed high into the sky from Italy’s Mount Etna in Sicily Friday, in one of the most dramatic eruptions of Europe’s highest active volcano in the past 20 years, reports Yahoo News.

The volcano on the Mediterranean island threw up an ash column some seven kilometres (4.3 miles) high with lava flowing from the Voragine crater for the first time in two years, the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV) said.


The eruption, which began on Thursday, is among the most “energetic of the past 20 years,” added the INGV. Flights were disrupted at Catania airport, as well as at Reggio Calabria on the Italian mainland across the Strait of Sicily.

The 3,295-metre (10,810-foot) peak regularly awakens to spew lava and ash in eruptions that can last for days at a time.

Source: Italy’s Etna in most dramatic eruption in 20 years – Yahoo News UK

Comments
  1. ivan says:

    And how much CO2 is it spewing forth? That could be a very inconvenient truth for Paris.

  2. BoyfromTottenham says:

    Hi from Oz. Ivan, that’s “natural” CO2, not that nasty “man made CO2”, so no problem!

  3. Graeme No.3 says:

    More smoke and pollution than even the Climate Conference (any Climate Conference).

  4. Michele says:

    Volcano Etna (Italy) say :
    “….I love the solstice…”😀

    Figure 3, Reference : http://daltonsminima.altervista.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Solstice-vs-Etna.jpg

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