DEVELOPING: Mount Etna in Italy Exhibiting Increased Activity, Spreading To all Craters

Europe’s largest volcano Mount Etna continues to exhibit much activity including eruptions that are now spreading to all the craters at the top of the mountain according to new reports. These latest developments come as the volcano has shown an increase in Strombolian activity since February 27, 2017. The reports indicate that Strombolian activity at Etna’s New Southeast Crater (NSEC) cone had gradually intensified since it began on February 27.  As a result, Lava soon overflowed the vent, which quickly traveled down the S flank, and slowed after reaching the gently sloping terrain. The flow reportedly has spread SSW, towards the old cone of Monte Frumento Supino.

Excerpt From History:
One major eruption of this volcano was in 1669 that resulted in Multiple eruptions and killed more than 20,000 people and left thousands more homeless. Most of the victims could have saved themselves by fleeing, but stayed, in a vain attempt to save their city. Mount Etna dominates the island of Sicily. Rising 11,000 feet above sea level in the northeast section of Sicily, it can be seen from just about every part of the 460-square-mile island. The geologic history of Mount Etna demonstrates that it has been periodically spewing ash and lava for thousands of years; the first recorded eruption of the volcano was in 475 BCE. It is the most active volcano in Europe. In 1169, an earthquake just prior to an eruption killed 15,000 people on Sicily. Despite the dangers of living near an active volcano, the eruptions made the surrounding soil very fertile, so many small villages developed on the slopes of the mountain.