ROME (AP) – A particularly spectacular eruption of Italy’s Mount Etna volcano erupted a cloud of ash-lava rock over a Sicilian village on Sunday, the latest in a series of eruptions since mid-February.
The Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, INGV, said the powerful eruption was the 10th largest eruption since 2 February at 2 a.m., when Europe’s most active volcano began to show an impressive display of wildfire, brightening the night sky with orange. և red
The tremors shook the mountain for most of the night. On Sunday morning, lava stones rained down on eight villages on the slopes of Mount Etna as lava flowed slowly from the southeast crater to the uninhabited area, as it had for the past three weeks.
The column of ash lava reached 10,000 meters (33,000 feet) on Sunday, according to scientists who monitor volcanic activity with special instruments from the Mount Etna Observatory in eastern Sicily.
The locals were cleaning the ash-lava stones from the opposite stairs and balconies. They tried to cover the cars parked outside with carpets, blankets and cardboard sheets to facilitate cleaning after each explosion. The winds helped move the ash to the east, INGV said.
No injuries or severe damage were reported after the recent blasts. Geologically active, Etna occasionally becomes particularly noisy and explosive, as it has recently become.
In the middle of the morning, the last display of Etna activity was slightly slowed down when the lava flow ended, although the volcano was still pushing “light ash” out of the southeast crater. A few hours later, the volcanic eruptions resumed, according to a statement from INGV.
Scientists at INGV say that there is no way to predict when the current phase of volcanic activity will calm down.