Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, spat smoke and ash in a new eruption on Tuesday, but Italian authorities said it was safe for the surrounding villages
“We have seen worse,” Stefano Branco, director of the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology of the INGV in the nearby city of Catania, told Italian news agency AGI
Believing that the eruption of Mount Etna’s southeast crater began late Tuesday afternoon, Branco insisted the latest surge in activity was “not at all worrisome”
Emergency authorities said on their Twitter account that they were closely monitoring the situation in the three villages at the foot of the volcano – Linguaglossa, Fornazzo and Milo
The footage showed a spectacular plume of pink-colored ash above the snow-capped peak, but the cloud had largely dissipated by nightfall, as the lava flows continued to shine
At 3,324 meters (nearly 11,000 feet), Mount Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe and has erupted frequently over the past 500,000 years
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Ebene News – FI – Mount Etna spits smoke and ash in another spectacular eruption