Hot debris floating in the dark sky, which then slowly sinks down. Such a spectacle could be watched by witnesses from the surrounding areas.
However, Saturday’s decision by the Italian Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology to increase the alert shows that it is a dangerous spectacle. The alert level has been raised from yellow to orange.
Etna woke up in Sicily. The smoldering volcano closed the airport in Catania and offered an amazing spectacle
So far, however, fortunately, no extensive damage has been reported, nor has a significant occurrence of volcanic ash been recorded. The operation at the international airport of Catania, which is located nearby, continues without major complications.
This year in August, the airport in Catania was closed for 24 hours precisely because of the eruption of Etna. A large cloud of volcanic ash covered the area south of the volcano at the time, and so taking off and landing planes would have been quite risky.
Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe, rising on the east coast of the Italian island of Sicily. It smokes almost constantly. An interesting fact is that due to endless eruptions, its height is constantly changing. In 1981, the altitude was measured at 3350 meters, in 2021 it was 3357 meters.
In 2013, Etna was included in the list of natural monuments, it is part of the UNESCO world natural heritage.