A huge lava river is coming from Italy’s Mount Etna after it burst into life in February. Volcanologists have been using new technologies such as drones and GPS to study the latest activity following a series of recent eruptions.
The volcano erupted on February 28 with repeated explosions that sent lava flying into the air. A few weeks later on March 16, 10 people were injured when magma hit snow causing an eruption that sent stones and rocks flying.
Etna, at 10,926 feet, is the highest volcano in mainland Europe and can burst into action several times a year.
The volcano Etna, located on the Italian island of Sicily, erupted in the last hours and released incandescent explosions, ash emissions and a blanket of fluid lava, Italian authorities reported.
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The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology of the Sicilian city of Catania, in the south of the island, reported that activity in the new Southeast crater began to register on January 23, and intensified yesterday at 17:00 GMT (14 Argentine time).
The volcanic tremors reached their highest levels last night, between 22 and 24 (GMT), when on the Sicilian island could be seen lava fountains that sprouted into the sky and exceeded several hundred meters in height, said an office from the EFE agency.
There were also explosions of fire and a “wash of lava”, which is a blanket of fluid lava, which went towards the southwest, towards the peak Monte Frumento Supino, according to the Catania institute.
The phenomena were concentrated in the upper area of Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, and are not yet a danger to people, although the inhabitants of the nearby towns of Zafferana and Linguaglossa began to notice a modest shower of ash.
Meanwhile, the Italian authorities are following the situation carefully despite the fact that at the moment the roads and the Catania airport are still operating normally.
Etna is 3,322 meters high and is located in the eastern part of the island of Sicily, between the provinces of Messina and Catania.
It’s considered the most active in Europe and located on the Mediterranean island of Sicily, continued this morning and for the third consecutive day pouring rivers of lava boiling down the slopes of Mount Etna to the nearest town, Nicolosi
At present, the mountain of the volcano has five fissures and the lava rivers have already approached a distance of five kilometers from Nicolosi, according to local media reports.
The lava rivers have advanced more than a kilometer during the last three days, although in the last hours their speed has decreased, about five meters per hour, compared to the more than 20 kilometers that the lava rivers advanced during the two days precedents.