Published: Thu, March 02, 2017
Science | By Kerry Wheeler

Sicily's Mount Etna erupts producing a spectacular show

Sicily's Mount Etna erupts producing a spectacular show

Mount Etna is one of the world's most active volcanoes, according to the US Geological Survey.

Sicily's Mount Etna continues to erupt with fountains of lava creating a spectacular show. The latest lava-spewing event began this week, lasting for days or even weeks, but officials assure the public that it is no danger to the residents on the mountain.

But it came to life on Monday evening, with bright orange lava spewing from its 3,330m-high peak. During that time, the lava flow threatened to swallow a Sicilian village and global aid came as they stemmed the lava tunnel with concrete blocks to stop the flow.

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The eruption took place at the south-east crater, and authorities say it now does not present a danger to people or property.

Plumes of smoke and ash erupt from Mount Etna on October 30, 2002. A team flew helicopters over Etna and dropped concrete blocks at the edge of the lava tunnel to plug the hole.

Though volcanic ash can cause flight disruptions and other dangers, air traffic was reportedly normal at Sicily's Catania airport on Tuesday. The port stayed open during and following the eruption, although officials made sure to follow along with the patterns of ash clouds, according to the Times of Malta. The first recorded observation of Etna's eruptions dates way back to 425 BC.

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