Mount Etna, Europe’s most lively volcano, has awed even seasoned volcanologists in current days with spectacular spurts of lava lighting up the Sicilian sky every night time. The newest eruption in a single day petered out by round 0900 GMT Tuesday, in response to Italy’s Nationwide Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology.
For over every week, Etna has been belching lava, ash, and volcanic rocks frequently. The close by Catania Airport closed briefly, and residents of the city of Pedara mentioned it appeared one-day final week as if it have been raining rocks as a thick blanket of ash coated the city.
Volcanologist Boris Behncke of the nationwide institute’s Etna commentary heart has adopted the newest paroxysms with awe. Writing on the institute’s web site this week, he mentioned that after “gifting us moments of suspense” over the earlier nights, Etna lastly erupted in a method “these of us who’ve labored on this for many years have not often seen.”
Referring to the exercise in a single day, he tweeted Tuesday: “Did I name the 20-21 February paroxysm of #Etna ‘extremely highly effective’? Nicely, its successor, within the night time of 22-23 February, was MUCH extra highly effective.”
Thus far, there have been no stories of harm or accidents.