Italy: the Etna volcano has “explosive activity” and they launch a red alert in the Sicilian area

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A “explosive activity” in the crater of Bocca Nuova, on the Etna volcano, It was observed this Thursday by the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) through the Catania Observatory.

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For now there is no ash emission and, due to the wave of bad weather that is hitting the area, it is not possible to clearly see the column of smoke.

However, the Civil Protection of the Sicily Region issued a “red alert” in the Etna area for “the very high probability of imminent or ongoing lava flows”.

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According to a note from the organization, the head of the Civil Protection, Salvo Cocina, has invited the municipal leaders of the area to activate “community operations centers and the structures themselves, in addition to volunteering, following the measures of the national plan”.

The Sicily Region has launched a "red alert" in the

The Sicily Region has launched a “red alert” in the Etna area. AP Photo


From the seismic point of view, the INGV reported that the amplitude of the volcanic tremor continues to increase, with peaks close to 2 degrees on the Richter scale.

Furthermore, a series of earthquakes are being recorded in the highest area of ​​the largest active volcano in Europe. There have also been clinometric variations in the stations of the Punta Lucía and Pizzi Deneri peaks and, since last Wednesday night, indications of a possible passage of magma through internal channels.

The authorities have not yet issued the alert for flights (Vona) with an orange classification, the second highest, but for the moment there are no problems with departures and landings at Vincenzo Bellini airport, located in Catania.

Etna’s last eruption started on November 27, 2022 and ended on February 14 of this year.

Source: Clarin

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