The last awakening of the Etna volcano, on the island of Sicily (Italy), has caused 150 earthquakes since yesterday, the largest of them of magnitude 4.3, according to the National Institute of Volcanology of Catania. The last five earthquakes have been felt especially tonight in the town of Zafferana Etnea, says the agency Efe.
The volcano continues to emit gases and lava from one of its craters, while a plume of smoke continues to rise towards the sky of Catania, very accustomed to the onslaught of the dangerous mountain with the name of a nymph that, at the moment, does not threaten inhabited areas.
The immense column of smoke and ash forced to close yesterday for lack of visibility the airport of Catania, that today has reopened with the limitation of four landings to the hour. The Etna woke up this Monday with a shake around the nine of the morning, which forced to restrict the aerial traffic like precautionary measurement. Last night, operations resumed without any restriction.
The volcano, more than 3,000 meters high, usually roars several times a year and throws lava and ashes on the Mediterranean island. Therefore, although it is under close surveillance, the situation is considered under control and both lava and ash do not threaten residential areas at the moment. In fact, at the moment it is a tourist attraction more than the island.
Etna is located in the eastern part of the island of Sicily, between the provinces of Messina and Catania. According to recent studies, the volcano, in addition to active, remains in motion and the southeast slope slides slowly and progressively towards the sea, due to the weight of the mountain itself and in combination with the action of the plates on which it is held at the bottom of the sea.
In the past the volcano, the most active in Europe, subjected to constant vigilance, has been responsible for various episodes of destruction, as when in 1699 an eruption almost completely destroyed the city of Catania. The last great eruption dates back to 1992.