Mt Etna's latest eruptions awe even those who study volcanos
ROM (AP) - Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, has impressed even experienced volcanologists in the last few days with spectacular bursts of lava that light up the Sicilian sky every night.
According to the Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, the most recent eruption passed overnight on Tuesday around 9:00 a.m. GMT.
Etna has been belching lava, ash and volcanic rocks regularly for over a week. Nearby Catania Airport has been temporarily closed, and residents of the town of Pedara said it appeared on a day like it was raining stones last week when a thick blanket of ash covered the town.
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The volcanologist Boris Behncke of the National Institute's Etna Observation Center has followed the recent paroxysms with awe. As he wrote on the institute's website this week, he said that after "giving us moments of tension" over the past few nights, Mount Etna had finally erupted in a way "that those of us who have worked in the field for decades have rarely seen ".
Regarding the overnight activity, he tweeted Tuesday, “Did I describe #Etna's paroxysm from February 20-21 as 'incredibly powerful'? Well, his successor was MUCH more powerful on the night of February 22nd to 23rd. "
No damage or injury has been reported to date.
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