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.
Mt Etna, a new show of fire 3 months later
Mt. Etna seems to have woken up after the last eruptive event dated 23 August. In turn, that flashing eruption had been the great return of the volcano after more than one year of silence that was beginning to intrigue residents, tourists and even scientists.
Did you know that .. Lava is not the same as magma. We often use the terms interchangeably. In fact, there is a differentiation.
The red-hot magma masses are located under the earth’s crust. Inside of Mount Etna there are 3 magma chambers. The largest of the three is 30 km in the deep, the middle about 10 km above the first and the smallest about 2 km below the highest point of the volcano. In this chamber, the magma accumulates in small holes in the rock.
In the afternoon of the 12th April 2012, it came at the New Southeast Crater of Mount Etna once an outbreak, the 24th since the start of the eruptive phase, in January 2011 and the 6th in the current year. The event was after a interval of 10 days of relative calm and was like in almost all important features such as fountains, intense emission of ash and small Lavastones, and lava flowed toward the Valle del Bove, the previous one.
Already after 3 hours it was all over.
More eruptions – Etna Activity 2012
- Eruption from 5th January 2012
- Eruption from 8 February 2012
- Eruption from 4 March 2012
- Eruption from 18 March 2012
- Eruption from 01 April 2012
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Etna 23 -24.04 2012