Italy’s Mount Etna erupts in a plume of smoke and lava

Posted by Kyro Mitchell on 1 February 2021

Mount Etna, located on the east coast of Sicily, Italy has erupted once again on Saturday night [January 30], spewing ash and lava into the sky.

Mount Etna erupts in a plume of smoke and lava

Mount Etna on the east coast of Sicily, Italy erupts.

The mountain is one of Europe’s most active volcanos, and one of three known active volcanoes in Italy, according to Euro News.

The area surrounding Etna was secured and warded off, as local officials expected the eruption to take place. There have been no reported injuries or deaths.

Mount Etna’s latest eruption was caused by a series of small earthquakes, which caused a split in a crater. These minor earthquakes and subsequent splitting of Etna’s craters added to the latest spectacular eruption.

According to Carmelo Ferlito, Volcanologist from the University of Catania who spoke to Euro News, ‘The one that is really very active now is the south-east crater which in these last weeks has been completely broken apart. It’s dissected, it’s really split in two like a banana split.’

Mount Etna first started erupting on January 17, which was picked up by volcanologist Boris Behncke who made the announcement on Twitter.

Etna has been erupting at irregular intervals ever since Behncke first reported it.

Take a look at some of the most spectacular images and videos of the eruptions below.

Picture: Twitter/@etnaboris

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