Mount Etna eruption
Follow the news of the eruptions of Mount Etna, one of the rarest events in the world. Discover also the causes and consequences of a volcanic eruption.
Many terms of the international vocabulary of volcanology derive from Italian. The term lava comes from the Neapolitan "fiery lava", used to refer to the glowing molten rock rivers descending from Mount Vesuvius. The term Plinian eruption indicates a strong explosive eruption, similar to that seen by Pliny the Younger in 79 AD. The term which is Strombolian describes a small volcanic explosion, such as those constantly observed at Stromboli. The word "volcano" derives from the homonymous island of the Aeolian Islands, indicated by the Romans as sacred to the god of fire.
The Italian presence in volcanology originates from the existence of Italian active volcanoes. For a long time Vesuvius, Etna, Stromboli and Vulcano have attracted, with their eruptions, the curiosity of the academics of the whole world and in the century of the Enlightenment the term volcano was synonymous of Italy.