Mount Etna WAKES UP: Sicily volcano ERUPTS and spews lava hundreds of metres into air

Mount Etna WAKES UP: Sicily volcano ERUPTS and spews lava hundreds of metres into air

Two fractures opened at the base of the South-East crater and on the north-eastern flank of the New South-East crater. The phenomenon is accompanied by a Strombolian activity from the main craters. However nearby Catania airport remains open.

Eugenio Privitera, director of Catania National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) said: “We are starting a new eruptive phase of Etna which could end soon or last months.

“The phenomena are all confined to the summit area of the volcano and do not constitute a danger to inhabited centres and people, but the flow of tourists in the area must be controlled for their safety”.

The Aviation Colour Code was raised to Red at 10.21pm UTC on May 30.

Volcanic ash was pictured rising up to two and a half miles above sea level.

Volcanologist Boris Behncke told geological news website The Watchers that the fact that new eruption has started at Etna did not necessarily mean there will be new earthquakes like the region experienced in December.

He added: “Most eruptions on the sides of Etna are preceded by modest seismic activity, but this time they haven’t

In some cases, the earthquakes continue even after the beginning of the eruption (as in 2002 and December 2018).”

(More to follow)

Published at Fri, 31 May 2019 07:21:00 +0000