Hexbyte Glen Cove Etna keeps up its spectacular explosions; ash rains on towns thumbnail

Hexbyte Glen Cove Etna keeps up its spectacular explosions; ash rains on towns

Hexbyte Glen Cove

In this Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 file photo, lava gushes from the Mt. Etna volcano near Catania, southern Italy. The spectacular explosions of Mount Etna are continuing Sunday, March 7, 2021, with the volcano in eastern Sicily, spewing out towering clouds of ash and lava stones. Italy’s national geophysics and volcanology institute said the latest big explosion occurred hours before dawn on Sunday, with the volcano exhibiting increasing tremors throughout the night. (AP Photo/Salvatore Allegra, File)

A particularly spectacular blast from Italy’s Mount Etna volcano belched out a towering cloud of ash and lava stone Sunday onto Sicilian villages, the latest in a series of explosions since mid-February.

Italy’s national geophysics and volcanology institute INGV said the powerful explosion at 2 a.m. was the 10th such big since Feb. 16, when Europe’s most started giving off an impressive demonstration of nature’s fire power, coloring the night sky in shocking hues of orange and red.

Increasing tremors rattled the mountain throughout much of the night. Ash and small lava stones rained down on eight villages on Etna’s slopes Sunday morning, while lava flowed from the southeast crater slowly down an uninhabited side, as it has been doing for the last three weeks, the institute said.

The column of ash and lava reached a height of 10,000 meters (33,000 feet) on Sunday, according to scientists who monitor with specialized instruments from an observatory at Etna in eastern Sicily.

Locals swept ash and lava stones from their front steps and balconies. They have taken to covering cars parked outdoors with carpets, blankets and sheets of cardboard to make cleanup easier after each blast. Winds helped carry the ash eastward, INGV said.

In this Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021 file photo, a fiery river of glowing lava flows on the north-east side of the Mt. Etna volcano engulfed with ashes and smoke near Milo, Sicily. The spectacular explosions of Mount Etna are continuing Sunday, March 7, 2021, with the volcano in eastern Sicily, spewing out towering clouds of ash and lava stones. Italy’s national geophysics and volcanology institute said the latest big explosion occurred hours before dawn on Sunday, with the volcano exhibiting increasing tremors throughout the night. (AP Photo/Salvatore Allegra, File )

No injuries or serious damage have been reported after the recent blasts. Geologically active, Etna occasionally becomes particularly noisy and explosive as it has been lately.

By mid-morning, Etna’s latest display of activity had slowed somewhat with the flow ending, although the volcano was still puffing out “weak emission of ash” from the southeast crater. A few hours later, the volcanic tremors picked up again, INGV said in a statement.

The INGV scientists say there is no way of predicting when this current round of particularly robust volcanic activity might subside.



© 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

Citation:
Etna keeps up its spectacular explosions; ash rains on towns (2021, March 7)
retrieved 8 March 2021
from https://phys.org/news/2021-03-etna-spectacular-explosions-ash-towns.html

This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no
part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Read More Hexbyte Glen Cove Educational Blog Repost With Backlinks —

Posted in Uncategorized and tagged , .