Call now! (ID:121746)+44-20-3695-1294
HomeScienceMount Etna produces 10th spectacular eruption as explosions light up the sky

Mount Etna produces 10th spectacular eruption as explosions light up the sky

Mount Etna produces 10th spectacular eruption as explosions light up the sky

Mount Etna has continued its period of intense activity with yet another spectacular eruption.

Europe’s most active volcano, located on the island of Sicily, produced large plumes of smoke and lava fountains erupting several kilometres high.

This latest eruption, following on from episodes last month, lit up the night sky with dark orange hues on Tuesday night.

Following the eruption, lava was heading towards the Valle del Bove, a desert-like valley covered in black lava stone where many previous flows have ended their journey, the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) tweeted.

The southeastern crater is at the epicentre of the activity that started back on February 16 and caused activity from the volcano 10 times in the past three weeks, INGV tweeted.

The plumes of smoke from Etna's latest eruption seen in Zafferana Etnea, Sicily, early Wednesday morning (Credits: AP)
The plumes of smoke from Etna’s latest eruption seen in Zafferana Etnea, Sicily, early Wednesday morning (Credits: AP)
A glowing river of lava gushes from the slopes of Mt Etna, Europe's largest active volcano
This is Etna’s tenth eruption in a matter of weeks (Credits: AP)
Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, continues to erupt, in Tremestieri Etneo, Sicily, Italy March 10, 2021. Boris Behncke/Ingv-Osservatorio Etneo/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. MANDATORY CREDIT
Etna is Europe’s most active volcano but officials have said this latest outburst poses no risk (Credits: Reuters)
A glowing river of lava gushes from the slopes of Mt Etna, Europe's largest active volcano,
A lava fountain erupting from Etna’s southeastern crater (Credits: AP)

Ash and rock fragments have also covered roads and buildings in nearby towns in recent days.

At the end of February, the INGV told Reuters that overall Etna’s activity was similar to the more than 200 eruptions seen since 1998 and there was no risk for the people and cities around the mountain.

A glowing river of lava gushes from the slopes of Mt Etna, Europe's largest active volcano, near Zafferana Etnea, Sicily, early Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Today's activity is the 11th major eruption in the past few weeks. (AP Photo/Salvatore Allegra)
The 3,330 metre high volcano on Sicily, can burst into action several times a year (Credits: AP)
A glowing river of lava gushes from the slopes of Mt Etna, Europe's largest active volcano, near Pedara, Sicily, early Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Today's activity is the 11th major eruption in the past few weeks. (AP Photo/Salvatore Allegra)
A glowing river of lava gushes from the slopes of Mt Etna near Pedara, Sicily, early Wednesday, March 10, 2021. (Credits: AP)
A layer of black volcanic debris covers the main square of Milo on the slopes of Mt Etna
A layer of black volcanic debris covers the main square of Milo on the slopes of Mt Etna (Credits: AP)

The 3,330 metre high volcano on Sicily, can burst into action several times a year.

The last major eruption was in 1992.