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Italy’s most active volcano erupts again: On Sunday evening (May 21), Etna spews a thick ash cloud over Sicily; The flight is canceled due to this.

Updated May 22 at 10:26 am: Cars and roads covered in dark black layer after volcanic eruption. The 3,330-meter-high Etna volcano in Sicily spewed ash and pea-sized pyroclasts called lapilli into the sky. Due to the explosive volcanic eruption and ash cloud, the nearby Catania Airport suspended all take-offs and landings for safety reasons. The “Aeroporto di Catania – Sicilia” Facebook page has resumed operations with restrictions from 9am on Monday. However, travelers should still be prepared for delays.

Volcanic eruption in Italy: Where is the volcanic flow of Mount Etna in Sicily? I hope the weather will be good

After a volcanic eruption in Italy, there is a lava flow from the crater on Mount Etna in the southeast. Experts are closely monitoring the situation of the erupting volcano in Sicily. But clouds block the view of the volcano’s peak. An Italian news agency reported that the exact position of the lava front is still not possible Ansa Citing the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology. So the “explosive event” can be considered over. It was a large volcanic fountain, with an eruption column over 10 kilometers high that lasted a few hours, volcanologist Boris Behnke tweeted.

On May 18, 2023, the Italian Civil Defense raised the “yellow alert level for Mount Etna”. Because there is “low to medium explosive activity”. The alert levels – green, yellow, orange and red – describe the level of activity of the volcano. Yellow Alert encourages better communication between science and civil defense structures.

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Volcanic eruption in Italy: Etna in Sicily – the most active volcano in Europe

Mount Etna is 3,330 meters high and lies on the island of Sicily in the collision zone between the Eurasian Plate and the African Plate.

Mount Etna erupts spectacularly several times a year, spewing lava and ash over the Mediterranean island.

The last major eruption was in 1992. But Etna erupts again and again. Hunting for volcanic fire and ash is a natural sight. Its views are always impressive, especially at night.

The name Etna comes from the Greek “aidne”, which means: “I burn”.

First a storm, now a volcanic eruption in Italy: Mount Etna paralyzes air operations in Sicily

Report from May 22, 2023

CATANIA – After Mexico’s highest volcano, Popocatépetl, erupted over the weekend, Mount Etna appears to have risen again. A volcano on the Italian Mediterranean island of Sicily has shown increased activity since the early hours of Sunday (May 21), the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology said. Volcanic ash fell in the evening.

Etna spews ash: Planes unable to take off or land as volcano erupts in Sicily

Volcanic eruption has consequences for Sicily’s airspace: flight operations are suspended at the nearest airport in Catania. A safety measure. According to a report, the runway of the CTA airport located at the base of Mount Etna has been contaminated by ash rain. Flight operations will resume “once security conditions are restored”.

Mount Etna on Italy’s Mediterranean island of Sicily spewed ash on Sunday evening, temporarily halting air traffic in the area. © Salvatore Allegra/dpa

It is not yet known whether the eruption will also affect take-offs and landings at other airports. In 2011, the eruption of the Grímsvötn volcano in Iceland paralyzed air traffic across Europe for several days. Thousands of travelers around the world were stranded due to a thick ash cloud over European skies.

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In addition to storms, now a volcanic eruption: civil protection alert in Sicily

Tageszeitung knows Republic Reports indicate that loud noises were heard in the area since early morning and increased activity was measured. The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology said the eruption was not visible for long because of the weather and thick clouds around the summit.

Pictures and videos on social media and local media showed how Edna spat out the ashes later in the evening. Cars and roads were also seen covered in gray rain in areas around the cities of Catania and Adrano. Local residents reported ash and dust raining down on the Telegram site.

To be on the safe side, the Italian Civil Defense announced an orange alert. There are no reports of damage or injuries from the eruption. Meanwhile, the highest red alert level continues to apply in large parts of the country due to the devastating storm; Sicily was also hit by heavy rains, causing floods and landslides in many places. (dpa/rku)

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