Who would have thought that after ages, Italy’s most active volcano will put on quite a show in Sicily? Italy has a history of volcanoes. Pompeii still vividly exists in the memory of thousands who have read about it, or better, see the tragic village of Pompeii.
Mount Etna is also Europe’s most active volcano and one of Italy’s top attractions. Recently, it has been fire-working. Thereby, impressing volcanologists with its show.
“The volcano’s is brilliant and seems to be not willing to stop to amaze. The show is thrilling,” says Boris Behncke, a volcanologist who monitors Etna for Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology.
Mount Etna exploded three times in three days. At one point, it threw up a 3200-foot high lava fountain. At another, it created a black curtain of rock fragments. Behncke defined his feeling of what he had witnessed as “moments of suspense.” He then again said that “Etna finally erupted in a way those of us who have worked in this for decades have rarely seen.”
Italy’s largest active volcano, spewed lava for more than a week, putting on a stunning show night after night. This scenery became quite an amusing sight to see for those Italians who are prohibited from travelling outside the region.
However, Mount Etna threw up enough ash and volcanic rocks to close down a nearby airport. Citizens of the Italian town of Pedara, near Mount Etna, said that it looked almost as if it was raining rocks one-day last week. There have been no reports of injuries or damage so far though.