Thursday, February 9, 2012

VOLCANO WATCH: Sicily's Mt. Etna erupts

It may not have quite the reputation of Mt. Vesuvius on mainland Italy, but fellow Italian volcano Mt. Etna on the island of Sicily holds an edge over the infamously explosive mountain: activity. In this case, the ball kicks the boot, as the Sicilian volcano, Mt. Etna, began erupting yet again last night.

The video below captures the explosive lava bursts that lit up the night sky. Initial reports from Osservatorio Etneo claim that the eruption lasted more than five hours. According to Wired, the eruption caused a brief closure of the Catania airport, but lava bursts are simply a part of life in the area. Mirror Online reports that Mt. Etna isn't considered especially dangerous, despite being in a near-constant state of activity, and numerous farms and vineyards need the rich soil the volcano produces.


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