Mount Etna

Avalon Beltran, Reporter

Mount Etna is Europe’s most active volcano. It has been erupting since mid-February. Fortunately, no serious damage or injuries have been reported in nearby towns after the recent blasts. Mount Etna has been erupting like clockwork since February 16, raining ash and debris over Sicily’s eastern coast. The 10,900ft volcano reared its head again early on Monday, March 15, after three days of relative peace. Activity at the summit began on Sunday evening, local time before violent lava fountaining – paroxysm – lit up the night sky at about 3am on Monday. Jets of lava were seen firing out of Etna’s new southeast crater in what has been described as “mild strombolian explosions”. According to the volcanologists behind Volcano Discovery, the fountaining was preceded by volcanic tremors – a sign of magma pushing to the surface. Volcano Discovery said: “At around the same time, a lava flow started to issue from the eastern summit vent of the New SE crater and descend towards the Valle Del Bove.”Strombolian activity increased rapidly to continuous lava fountains with several hundred metres height.