Rome (AP) — A particularly spectacular explosion from Italy’s Etna volcano blew a cloud of towering ash and lava rocks on Sunday in a village in Sicily, the latest in a series of explosions since mid-February.
According to the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology INGV in Italy, the 2:00 am explosion caused the most active volcanoes in Europe to give off an impressive demonstration of natural firepower, illuminating the night sky with a shocking orange color. It was the 10th major explosion since February 16th, when it began to color. And red.
The increase in tremors rattled the mountains all night. According to the institute, on Sunday morning, eight villages on the slopes of Mount Etna were flooded with ash and small lava stones, while lava slowly flowed from the southeastern craters to the uninhabited side.
Ash and lava pillars reached a height of 10,000 meters (33,000 feet) on Sunday, according to scientists monitoring volcanic activity with special equipment at the observatory on Mount Etna in eastern Sicily.
Locals wiped ash and lava stones from the front stairs and balconies. They covered cars parked outdoors with carpets, blankets, and cardboard to make it easier to clean with each blast. The wind helped carry the ashes east, INGV said.
No injuries or serious damage have been reported since the recent explosion. The geologically active Mount Etna can explode particularly loudly, as it has recently.
By the morning, the volcano was still erupting “weak ash emissions” from the southeastern craters, but the latest indications of Etna’s activity were somewhat delayed after the lava flow. A few hours later, a volcanic earthquake struck again, INGV said in a statement.
INGV scientists say there is no way to predict when this current particularly active volcanic activity will subside.
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