Panic in Sicily as Mount Etna blows in huge eruption on Italy holiday isle

Mount Etna has erupted sparking fear across Sicily as Europe’s biggest and most powerful volcano sends an ash cloud across the holiday isle in Italy.

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Italy’s Mount Etna has started spewing lava in what is its second eruption of the year.
Giant fountains of lava could be seen sprouting from the volcano, located on the isle of Sicily, as far away as Catania, around 30 kilometres away, and the resort town of Taormina.

An orange air alert has been issued, meaning that airspace will remain open but authorities will continue to monitor the situation.

 

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Mount Etna is located in Sicily

While civil protection authorities has declared a yellow alert level and, as prescribed by the municipal emergency plan, an ordinance was issued to restrict access to the summit of Etna.

Authorities added that there have been no reports of injuries or fatalities, and expect it to remain that way with the eruption posing little threat to nearby settlements.

At 3,329 metres tall, Mount Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe.

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Mount Etna has begun erupting

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The eruption could be seen as far away as Catania.

The large volcano began erupting on February 27, and the eruptions are expected to continue for several days.

Strombolian activity at the new south-east crater has gradually intensified, creating a lava flow that quickly reached the base of the mountain.

While in the villages of Zafferana and Linguaglossa, citizens reported seeing clouds of dust fall from the sky after ash caught in an easterly wind.

As the upper-level winds grab the ash from the eruption, they will steer it away from Mount Etna, affecting the weather elsewhere.

AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys said: ”Over the next several days, the ash will be swept northeastward across far southwestern Italy, which will see the worst effects.

 

accuweather ash clouds from Etna

“Depending on how long the eruption lasts, the haze could be around for several days.”

From the early hours of this morning, the average amplitude of volcanic tremor – although remaining at high levels – has shown small fluctuations.

But experts say they have not found any significant changes associated with the intensification of the eruptive activity.

 

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The eruption comes a month after Etna first burst this year

This latest eruption is the second this year, and comes just a month after Mount Etna experienced a flurry of activity in late January, which brought 8 months of inactivity to an end.

Schools in nearby towns were evacuated, but only a very small eruption occurred.

Read the original article here: http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/773141/Mount-Etna-volcano-BLOWS-Sicily-eruption

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  1. Based on your observations of the volcanic eruption, what kind of volcano is Mt Etna?
  2. What are some of the negative impacts of this eruption on the people in the surrounding region?
  3. What were some of the measure taken by the local officials to mitigate the effects of this eruption?

Did you know?

Mt Etna has a very long history of eruptions, with the first record of eruption as early as 396BC!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Etna

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