• World
  • May 23

Mount Etna eruption causes airspace closure

• Mount Etna has been erupting, spewing ash on Catania, eastern Sicily’s largest city, and forcing a shutdown of that city’s airport.

• Located on the east coast of Sicily in Italy, Mount Etna is one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

• In early 2021, an eruption of the volcano lasted several weeks. 

• The 3,329 meter high volcano can burst into spectacular action several times a year, firing lava and ash high over the Mediterranean island. 

• Mount Etna is the highest Mediterranean island mountain.

• It has been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

• The stratovolcano is characterized by almost continuous eruptive activity from its summit craters and fairly frequent lava flow eruptions from craters and fissures on its flanks.

• The eruptive history of the volcano can be traced back 500,000 years and at least 2,700 years of this activity has been documented.

• The almost continuous eruptive activity of Mount Etna continues to influence volcanology, geophysics and other Earth science disciplines. 

• The volcano also supports important terrestrial ecosystems including endemic flora and fauna and its activity makes it a natural laboratory for the study of ecological and biological processes.

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