Saturday, January 31, 2009

Mount Etna erupted!

One of the most active volcanoes in the world, the Etna, is throwing away today ashes and lava that descend the western face towards the Bove Valley.

The eruption, initiated last May, is visible from a long distance, underlined the National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology of Catania that is responsible for the monitoring of the crater formed almost in the top of the Italian giant.

According to the Institution, the phenomenon does not represents any danger for the population, however is permanently watched due to its constant internal movements.

The Etna, located in the southern Italian island of Sicily, has 3322 meters high and it’s considered as the first and biggest active volcano in Europe. It’s first eruption occurred 1500 years ago, before Christ (BC)

According to historical references, in year 122 BC took place a great activity that destroyed the Catania region.

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