When Mount Etna erupts there are two totally opposite and yet connected phenomena: the tourists from all over the world would like to rush to the volcano to admire the show, but those who are already on the spot quickly cancel the hotel room and flee ! How do you explain that?
Volcanoes have always been a source of wonder and attraction for human curiosity, but they are also dangerous places because they are unpredictable. So the show is nice to see, but better from an airplane or even from home, thanks to the TV. Yet around Mt. Etna people live, villages and cities grow and those who were born under the volcano know very well that all these fears are unjustified. Mt. Etna is one of the safest volcanoes in the world.
The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology of Catania informs us that the current one, started at 11 am on 24 December 2018, is a real side eruption, with “the opening of several eruptive holes starting from the base of the New South East Crater, towards Serra Giannicola “, an area located inside the depressive valley of Valle del Bove, therefore far from the inhabited centers. Does it concern the fact that new holes have been opened lower than the summit craters? For the moment there seems to be no danger to the population but come back to read this article for more updates in the next few hours.
(the photos are: by Grazia Musumeci – under the title – and ENZO CARDILE)
UPDATE AT 2 PM —- CATANIA AIRPORT CLOSED
UPDATE 14:52 — MAYBE 6 NEW ERUPTIVE FRACTURES AT THE SOUTH EAST CRATER’S BASE
UPDATE 21:50—RE OPENED CATANIA AIRPORT —– THE ERUPTION GOES ON, THOUGH SLOWLY, FROM THE NEWBORN CRATERSPosted on:
If you have already come to one of our excursions on Mt. Etna you will certainly know what a lavic flow cave is. If you do not, the best opportunity to find out is to go and explore one. And, as mentioned, you can do it with us or, if you are in the province of Catania during Christmas time, you can go to admire the Holy Nativity inside the cave, in Acireale.