Mt Etna Spews Ash, Smoke and Fire
Posted by feww on May 22, 2016
Strambolian eruptions continue at Etna
The eruption follows reports of volcanic tremors starting five days ago.
“On May 17th we witnessed an increase in the amplitude of volcanic tremors and recorded intense degassing accompanied by occasional, weak emissions from the northeastern crater,” the Catania branch of Italy’s National Volcanology and Geophysics Institute said in a statement.
Etna lies above the convergent plate margin between the African and the Eurasian Plates, making it one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
It is the tallest active volcano in Europe, and currently stands 3,330m high. The volcano covers an area of 1,190km² with a basal circumference of 140km.
One of the 16 Decade Volcanoes, Mt Etna is in an almost constant state of activity.
Mt Etna. Image source: marcorestivo