ROME: Europe’s tallest energetic volcano, Italy’s Mount Etna, has been lighting up the night time sky with explosions, lava fountains and ash plumes, dazzling onlookers and viewers on social media.
“We’re observing stronger than strange exercise, with extra magma rising from the pipes and richer in fuel,” Stefano Branca, head of the Nationwide Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) in Catania, on the foot of the volcano, instructed Reuters.
Lava descending alongside the western flank of the three,300m-high mountain has been seen from a lot of the japanese coast of Sicily, with Twitter, Instagram and Fb flooded with images and movies.
From Siracusa in southern Sicily and the Eolian islands off the northern coast, pictures confirmed large ash columns and purple fountains of fireside hitting Etna’s snow-covered slopes.
The southeastern crater is on the epicentre of the exercise that began on Feb 16 and has lit up the volcano six occasions previously eight days.
Ash and rock fragments have lined roads and buildings in close by cities.
Late on Wednesday the lava fountain reached a top of round 400m, the INGV stated.
It described the exercise as “Strombolian”, referring to the small however extremely energetic Stromboli volcano off Sicily, identified for its frequent magma explosions.
Branca stated general Etna’s exercise was much like the greater than 200 eruptions seen since 1998 and there was no threat for the folks and cities across the mountain.
“Each episode lasts round one hour,” Branca stated.
The lava is heading in direction of the Valle del Bove, a desert-like valley lined in black lava stone the place many earlier flows have ended their journey.