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.

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May, 30th 2019: Etna is erupting!

Following the volcanic tremor that had begun to increase in the late evening of May 29th, two small eruptive fractures began immediately, just below the Southeast crater, which feed a modest Strombolian activity.
Eruption Mount Etna March 2017

Eruption Mount Etna March 2017

Eruption of Mount Etna, a new eruptive episode began March 15, 2017 from the Southeast Crater. After last eruption (27 February-1 March 2017) it was observed a weak explosive activity that with the passing day has gradually intensified.
éruption Etna 19/04/2017

Etna eruption April 2017

New eruptive episode, for the moment the lava flow is no longer fed this Thursday, April 20th. Wednesday, April 19, after the end of the last active phase on the night of April 14, here again Etna in activity.