Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Etna spews ash again, angering mayors


Catania, April 4 - Etna has roared and spewed ash
for the 13th time this year, spurring the mayors of the towns in
its lee to call for "urgent" government action.
"A few snowflakes in Rome get everyone going while we've
been having to put up with these ash showers for years," said
Santa Venerina Mayor Enrico Pappalardo.
The latest eruption again caused window panes to rattle,
made breathing difficult, blocked manholes and hurt crops in and
around the dozen towns under Europe's tallest active volcano.
"We want a state of emergency to be declared," said the
mayors in a joint statement.
Etna burst back into life Wednesday afternoon but calmed
down early Thursday, scientists at the National Institute of
Geophysics Volcanology (INGV) in the nearby Sicilian city of
Catania said.
"The intense Strombolian activity from the south-east
crater, with thunderous noise and the launch of pyroclastic
material which fell back into the cone of the volcano, lasted
from late afternoon Wednesday until 06:35 Thursday," the INGV
"Tremors in the internal conduits, which indicate magma
rising, have returned to normal".
Etna saw nine "eruptive events" last year.
Its last full-blown eruption came a year ago when it
belched out a plume of smoke that caused the temporary closure
of Catania Airport.
Scientists at the National Institute of Geophysics and
Volcanology recorded 18 eruptions of Etna in 2011.

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