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Ash Plume from Mount Etna – August 21st, 2011

37.7N 14.9E

August 21st, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Italy - August 13th, 2011

Mount Etna, a volcano on the Italian island of Sicily, has being having short, violent bursts of activity known as paroxysms throughout the year. Each paroxysm has included volcanic tremors, emissions of ash and lava flows, all concentrated around the New Southeast Crater, which is located just below the volcano’s summit.

Etna’s tenth paroxysm of 2011 occurred on August 12th, as reported by NASA. This image shows the volcano the day after the event, still releasing a white plume of gas and ash to the southeast, towards the nearby city of Catania. Like the other events, the activity began at the New Southeast Crater. This time, fountaining of lava produced the ash plume, which was estimated to have reached an altitude of 14,000 feet (4,300 meters); 2,000 feet (600 meters) above the 10,925-foot (3,330-meter) summit.

Mount Etna, Europe’s Most Active Volcano, Spews Ash and Lava

37.7N 14.9E

January 14th, 2011 Category: Volcanoes

Mount Etna, Italy - December 11th and 14th, 2011

Mount Etna, Italy - December 11th, 2011

Mount Etna, Italy - December 11th, 2011

Mount Etna, Italy - December 14th, 2011

Mount Etna, Italy - December 14th, 2011

Italy’s Mount Etna has come back to life with a brief eruption that sent lava down its slopes and a cloud of ash into the sky, forcing the overnight closure of a nearby airport.

The volcanology institute in Catania, eastern Sicily, said Thursday that a two-hour eruption overnight sent a little stream of lava down the eastern slope of the mountain.

The volcano, Europe’s tallest and most active, erupts regularly but usually causes little damage.

Mount Etna’s last major eruption was in 1992.

Mounts Vesuvius and Etna, Italy

37.7N 14.9E

December 9th, 2009 Category: Volcanoes

Italy - November 17th, 2009

Italy - November 17th, 2009

Two volcanoes are visible near the coast of Italy, Mount Vesuvius by the city of Naples (upper left quadrant) and Mount Etna in Sicily (below image center).

Mount Vesuvius is a stratovolcano on the coast of the Bay of Naples, about nine kilometres (six miles) east of Naples and a short distance from the shore. The height of the main cone has been constantly changed by eruptions but presently is 1,281 m (4,202 ft).

Mount Etna is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, close to Messina and Catania. Taller than Mount Vesuvius, it currently stands 3,329 metres (10,922 ft) high, though this varies with summit eruptions; the mountain is 21 m (69 ft) lower now than it was in 1981. Here, its peak is capped with snow, while the summit of the lower Mount Vesuvius is not.

Sediments flow out from rivers in Sicily after heavy rains

December 12th, 2008 Category: Rivers

Sediments flowing out from rivers in Sicily after heavy rains - December 12th, 2008

Sediments flowing out from rivers in Sicily after heavy rains - December 12th, 2008

Heavy rains have been falling over Italy and Sicily over the last week. Although some of the clouds have cleared, the strong downpours are still evidenced here by the heavy amounts of sediments flowing out of Sicilian rivers.

The sediments can be observed along most of the coastline. The most prominent outpouring is on the eastern coast near Catania. This bright tan area extending out into the Ionian Sea comes from the mouth of the Simeto River.

Another large outflow comes from the Alcantara River by Giardini-Naxos, south of Taormina. There are fewer sediments than those of the Simeto, but a much bigger algal bloom sweeps southwestward from the rivermouth.

Plume from Mount Etna, Italy

October 19th, 2008 Category: Volcanoes

October 19th, 2008 - Sicily, Italy

October 19th, 2008 - Sicily, Italy

Plume from Mount Etna

Plume from Mount Etna

Mount Etna (Aetna in Latin, also known as Muncibeddu in Sicilian and Mongibello in Italian, a combination of Latin mons and Arabic gibel, both meaning mountain) is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, close to Messina and Catania. Its Arabic name was Jebel Utlamat (the Mountain of Fire). It is the largest active volcano in Europe, currently standing 3,329 m (10,924 ft) high, though it should be noted that this varies with summit eruptions; the mountain is 21 m (69 ft) lower now than it was in 1981. It is the highest mountain in Italy south of the Alps. Etna covers an area of 1,190 kmĀ² (460 sq mi) with a basal circumference of 140 km. 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.

Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of eruption. The fertile volcanic soils support extensive agriculture, with vineyards and orchards spread across the lower slopes of the mountain and the broad Plain of Catania to the south. Due to its history of recent activity and nearby population, Mount Etna has been designated a Decade Volcano by the United Nations.

source Wikipedia