Mt. Etna erupts anew, creates amazing display of light show and disrupts air traffic

Mt. Etna erupts anew, creates amazing display of light show and disrupts air traffic

Catania : Italy | Feb 11, 2012 at 12:58 AM PST
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Etna Lava Flow

La Republika reported on Wednesday that Mt. Etna awakes and spews lava fountains that brightened the midnight sky. It erupted creating an amazing display of light show that could be seen miles around.

The snow-covered volcano continued eruption Thursday but its intensity seemed to weaken, per report of the Italian press.

The eruption produced ashes which cause cancellation of some flights at the Catania airport.

Wikipedia informs us that “Mount Etna is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, close to Messina and Catania. It is the tallest active volcano in Europe, standing 3,329 m (10,922 ft) high, though this varies with summit eruptions; the mountain is 21 m (69 ft) higher than it was in 1981. It is the highest mountain in Italy south of the Alps. Etna covers an area of 1,190 km² (460 sq mi) with a basal circumference of 140 km. This makes it by far the largest of the three active volcanoes in Italy, being about two and a half times the height of the next largest, Mount Vesuvius”.

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Mt Etna volcano erupts anew
The 10,922 feet high snow-covered Mt. Etna volcano erupts anew, sending skyward spectacular multi-colored lights that brightens the night sky. It also produced billowing plume of ashes which cause the temporary cancellation of some flights at the nearby Catania airport. (Photo courtesy of Antonio Parrinello, Rueters)
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