Status: 02.12.2023, 13:27 PM
By: Moritz Bletzinger
Mount Etna in Italy is once again spewing lava and lighting up the night sky of Sicily. With the eruption, the mystery of the volcano's strange behavior is solved.
Catania – In the past two weeks, Mount Etna has already left tourists in Sicily wondering: What are these curls of smoke that the volcano blows into the air? These are bursting gas bubbles that form in the crater. The strange phenomenon usually shows up when an outbreak is imminent.
Etna erupts again: volcano shoots fountain 6000 meters above Italy
On Friday evening (1 December), Etna itself gave the answer. With a huge lava eruption at dusk. Breathtaking images of the eruption go around the world. The natural spectacle lasted for hours. Two lava flows flowed to the east, a third to the southwest.
Mount Etna is more active than it has been for a long time: on December 1, the volcano erupted again. © IGNV
The fountain rose to 6000 meters above sea level during the eruption, according to the Italian Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV). The source of the eruption was at the Southeast Crater. There is no danger to the population, but ashfall on the northeast slope is to be expected.
Double "fire lock": Etna has apparently formed two eruption craters
The portal go-etna.de explains that the new eruption of Mount Etna was caused by a double "fire lock". This suggests that two eruption craters have formed in the cracked Southeast Crater.
Since November, Mount Etna has been very active. The IGNV even speaks of "the great return". Between November 19 and December 1, the institute detected over 250 "mini-eruptions." The last major eruption occurred on November 11, burying cities in Sicily under ashes.
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Off the coast of Italy, a huge marine volcano is also active. In the event of an eruption, the "underwater monster" could trigger a tsunami. (moe)