Mount Etna eruption causes airspace closure

Still erupting after 2,700 years or more
Still erupting after 2,700 years or more

The Mount Etna volcano erupted on Monday, spewing ash as several minor earthquakes hit the region, and prompting a partial closure of the Sicilian airspace around the mountain.

Italy's national institute for geophysics and vulcanology (INGV) counted more than 130 in the zone, with the strongest reaching a magnitude of 4.0.

"The eruption occurred on the side of Etna," Boris Behncke, a vulcanologist at INGV, told AFP. "It's the first lateral eruption in more than 10 years, but it doesn't seem to be dangerous."

Due to bad visibility because of the ash authorities restricted local airspace, allowing only four landings per hour Monday afternoon at the eastern Sicilian airport of Catania.

Visibility was still too poor to determine whether the eruption was accompanied by lava, Behncke said.

At any rate, both the and ash production appeared to be diminishing in the afternoon, he said.

Mount Etna, 3,300 metres high, is the biggest active volcano in Europe, with frequent eruptions recorded in the past 2,700 years.

Its most recent eruptions occurred in the spring of 2017 and its last major in the 2008/2009 winter.

Air traffic was restricted over Catania
Air traffic was restricted over Catania

At the end of March a study published in the Bulletin of Volcanology said that Etna is slowly sliding towards the Mediterranean—at a constant pace of 14 millimetres per year.

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Dec 24, 2018
Adding to the proposed climate change?

Dec 25, 2018
"Adding to the proposed climate change?"


Dec 25, 2018
For all you denialist woobots, here is the image your limited intellects need to consider.

You are standing near a hill.
A sudden rock-slide rolls down & over you. A natural event. Recent ice thawing or a spate of rain storms or a quake, perhaps from a volcano.
All natural events.

I realize that you cannot comprehend that those rock slides are becoming more frequent & causing greater damage.

You woobots are programed to deny inconvenient realities.

However your clearcutting & roadwork are adding "unnatural" causes to "natural" causes to increase the frequency & damage from the hillside collapsing.

Just to emphasis the effect of anthropophagic activities? I see where you are trying to crawl out from the slide. I rev up my skiploader. "Pedal to the metal, baby!"

Race over to your position & dump a full load of rock onto your quivering body.

Now if we accept your woobot "logic"? As the driver, I cannot be held responsible. The rock I dumped is "natural".

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