Plumes of ash and molten rock shot into the sky on Wednesday night as the Mount Etna volcano burst into life for the fifteenth time this year.
Italy's Mount Etna has erupted again, with lava spewing into the sky Wednesday. Mount Etna put on an impressive display, launching flames and sparks more than 800 feet in the air. Experts were there to monitor the eruption from the volcano's southeastern crater. Etna looms over Catania - Sicily's second largest city. The eruption caused disruptions at Catania Airport, but the airport re-opened Thursday. - 9 News.
On the evening of 28 September 2011, the New Southeast Crater of Etna has produced its 15th paroxysmal eruptive episode since the beginning of this year. The culminating phase of this episode lasted less than a half hour but was more violent than those of the preceding paroxysms; on the contrary lava emission was rather minor, forming two small flows that reached the upper part of the steep western slope of the Valle del Bove. The ash plume was driven southwestward by the wind. Mount Etna, towering above Catania, Sicily’s second largest city, has one of the world’s longest documented records of historical volcanism, dating back to 1500 BC. Historical lava flows cover much of the surface of this massive basaltic stratovolcano, the highest and most voluminous in Italy. Two styles of eruptive activity typically occur at Etna. Persistent explosive eruptions, sometimes with minor lava emissions, take place from one or more of the three prominent summit craters, the Central Crater, NE Crater, and SE Crater. Flank eruptions, typically with higher effusion rates, occur less frequently and originate from fissures that open progressively downward from near the summit. A period of more intense intermittent explosive eruptions from Etna’s summit craters began in 1995. The active volcano is monitored by the Instituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Volcanologia (INGV) in Catania. - Earthquake Report.WATCH: Mount Etna erupts.