Mount Etna Erupts Yet Again

Posted: Nov 25 2013, 3:39am CST | by , Updated: Nov 25 2013, 3:45am CST, in Other Stuff


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Mount Etna Erupts Yet Again
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Mount Etna erupted yet again in a fiery display of volcanic activity. The small towns situated on the slopes nearby were dotted with ashes. No casualties were reported.

The Italian volcano, Mount Etna has been active once again. Ashes from its molten lava outburst got scattered all over the small settlements situated nearby. Mount Etna happens to be the highest and most active volcano in all of Europe.

The last time it was in action was in the year 1992. While several byways were cordoned this time, Catania Airport which lies close to the volcano remained open. No one was harmed from the volcanic eruption. Mount Etna has a whole history behind it that extends back into the ages. The first time it spurted lava was in 1500 BC. Since then it has shown signs of activity some 200 times.

The poet Virgil in ancient times mentioned the volcanic rumblings of Mount Etna. In his composition, he says that the volcano virtually caused a curtain of ash and infernal gases to accumulate between the sky and the earth. He furthermore narrates the devastation being visited upon the town of Catania. Later on through history several other outbursts occurred from the exact same spot on the earth.

The most recent occurrence took place in 1992 when it nearly buried the town of Zafferana. Had the lava not been diverted it would have been quite a disaster. While Mount Etna is quite an active geological feature, it has never spread havoc on the scale of Mount Vesuvius which lies near Naples. Mount Vesuvius is known to have completely destroyed the city of Pompeii in 79 AD.

Source: Global Post

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