Sicilians have shrugged off alarm and nervousness surrounding the eruption of Mount Etna on the Italian island - saying they would be more worried if nothing was happening at all. The eruption earlier this week featured spectacular displays of gushing lava , with images shared widely on social media and making international news. While dramatic pictures of the volcanic activity sparked huge concern among some not from the region, Sicilians say it is normal - and they even look forward to it. Gaia Caramazza says she has received concerned messages from people - both from Italy and abroad - to ask if she is OK after the eruption. Meanwhile, those not from the island have joked about this response - saying they would more likely be frightened in the face of a volcanic eruption, rather than relaxed and ready to appreciate the natural beauty. Mr Palumbo said many people do not know about important points about the geography of the island, which is important - as the lava naturally flows into a valley.
Why does Mount Etna keep erupting? It has a bad case of gas
Ash Plume Streams from Mt. Etna, Sicily
Home How to visit Mount Etna? Mount Etna has become an almost obligatory tourist stop among the various historical and cultural attractions in Sicily. The mountain offers many different possibilities as there are numerous agencies that offer activities on the volcano: from tour operators with their all-inclusive packages to local agencies where you can book on time. It is also possible to visit Mount Etna independently, but the advantages of a guided excursion are very numerous. Mount Etna is on of the highest volcano in Europe and on of the most active in the world. The volcano shaped the Sicilian history and landscape and still affects the island today.
Italy’s Mt. Etna Volcano Is Spewing Lava And Lighting The Sky Up A Menacing Red
This literally is the cherry on the cake for any adventure lover visiting Sicily. Mount Etna actually is a series of stratovolcanoes — a number of volcanoes built of layers of lava flows, ash and blocks of unmelted stone. It has four craters at its summit: the central ones, called Bocca Nuova and Voragine; the Northeast crater; and the newest Southeast one formed by the eruption. Whether you are looking for a hike or you would like to just take it a bit easier when visiting Mount Etna, this post explains everything you need to know to plan your trip.
It lies above the convergent plate margin between the African Plate and the Eurasian Plate. This makes it by far the largest of the three active volcanoes in Italy , being about two and a half times the height of the next largest, Mount Vesuvius. In Greek mythology , the deadly monster Typhon was trapped under this mountain by Zeus , the god of the sky and thunder and king of gods, and the forges of Hephaestus were said also to be underneath it.