Europe’s largest volcano became active on Sunday, December 13. After three years of peace, Etna spews lava and clouds of smoke into the atmosphere. Photos and recordings showing a disturbing phenomenon have circulated online.
According to the “Catania Today” website, citing, among others: at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology of Italy, the eruption began at approximately 10 p.m. on Sunday, December 13. There were characteristic sounds coming from the volcano, preceding the eruption. Etna then spewed lava, as well as clouds of smoke and ash, into the atmosphere.
Moments before the explosion, tremors with a magnitude of 2.7 on the Richter scale were also recorded. Details are described in “Volcano Discovery”, which also states that the eruption took place from the southeastern side of the giant crater. “Catania Today” adds that the volcano’s activity is decreasing, but the phenomenon is still observed with concern. Etna’s last eruption took place in 2017.
The largest volcano in Europe
Etna is the largest and highest volcano in Europe. It is located on the eastern coast of Sicily. It is also one of the most active volcanoes in the world, posing a real threat to the inhabitants of the region.
This volcano is also a partially protected area. In 1987, the Etna Regional Park was established there with an area of 580 square kilometers. Since 2013, Etna has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List.