New video showing moment Mount EtnaEurope’s largest active volcano, volcanic lava and hot ash blew off the skies of Sicily earlier this week.
On Sunday (January 17), lava began to “seep” from the southeastern crater of Etna towards the east, according to Boris Behnck, a volcanologist at INGV-Osservatorio Etneo in Catania, Sicily. Reported Express. By Monday evening, the crater had exploded in a “new paroxysmal eruption episode,” releasing bursts of lava, hot ash and gas, Behnk tweeted.
Italian authorities issue an ash warning after the eruption of Mount Etna. This video, taken about 14 miles from the base of the volcano, shows a plume of smoke billowing as lava erupts toward the sky. https://t.co/7BhMUkKaJC pic.twitter.com/bqErtZwin9January 19, 2021
A lava flow spilled over the eastern side of the crater, winding towards the uninhabited Valle del Pouf, a horseshoe depression at the side of the volcano; The Express reported that a second lava flow was also detected on the north side of the crater. Molten lava glowed red on the dark rocks, spraying the top of the volcano with amazing sparks.
Italian authorities have issued an ash warning to surrounding cities, and debris has been found as far away as Fleury, which is located 18 miles (28.9 kilometers) from the volcano.
Mount Etna enjoys near-continuous volcanic activity near its summit craters and in Valle del Buf. I mentioned Live Science earlier. These eruptions near the summit, like the one on Monday, rarely endanger the people who live near them.
Originally published on Live Science.