Catania, Sicily – Mount Etna, the largest of the three active volcanoes in Italy, is once again spewing out ashes and lava, but the authorities claim that the activity takes place at its summit and poses no threat to people or cities. Etna began a new eruption on Thursday as two new cracks in the volcano opened and lava flowed over the flank.
The Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) noted that before the eruption an activity had already taken place series of seismic events that occurred in the weeks before the opening of two cracks at the New Southeast Crater of Etna.
Eugenio Privitera, INGV director of Catania, says that this eruption takes place on the summit of Mount Etna and poses no risk to its inhabitants. But he says visitors to Mount Etna have to stay away from the summit for their own safety.
The northern lava flow reached a distance of more than 1.6 km, while the southern lava flow reached almost twice the distance, reports INGV.
The volcano erupted earlier in December. This eruption was associated with an earthquake that resulted in injuries and significant damage to buildings on and near the volcanic slopes.