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Italy's Mount Etna Erupts: First Eruption Creates A Stunning Light Show In Sicily

Mar 01, 2017 06:24 PM EST


The volcano's latest eruptions, which can continue for days or even weeks, started on Monday evening and are the first for eight months. The huge orange fountains of magma, spewing toward the sky, could be found in the city of Catania and the resort town of Taormina.

Mount Etna is grinding away once more. The dynamic stratovolcano situated on the east coast of Sicily erupted Monday night, releasing bright orange and red lava into the sky after being inactive the previous two years, Telegraph revealed.

Etna's last major eruption occurred in 1992, where lava streams threatened the Zafferana town close-by. The volcano remains as the tallest in Europe at 10,922 feet high and is situated around 31 miles close Catania-Fontanarossa Airport. The port remained open during and following the eruption, despite the fact that authorities tried to follow alongside the patterns of ash clouds, as per the Times of Malta.Yet they reported no impending danger for the various towns and resorts in the region.    

Mount Etna is known for holding the "longest recorded eruption history", with cases dating as far back as 1500 B.C. Etna had a normal eruption rate of once per 1.7 years until 2001 when the volcano became active and erupted on a more regular basis. The volcano is becoming more dangerous, as indicated by experts that referred to its eruptions in 2001 and 2002-2003 as two of its more explosive eruption.

" It is extremely far from the explosivity of some ancient and historic Etnean eruptions, similar to those which have created the huge pyroclastic cones dispersed on the lower flanks of the volcano," volcanologist Demenico Patani said.

Italy's Mount Etna, Europe's tallest and most active volcano, released lava as it erupted on the southern island of Sicily, Italy Feb. 28, 2017.

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