Eruption Sicily's Mt. Etna • Eruption of Sicily's Mt. Etna

Last update: August 10th, 2020 at 8:00 am

Eruption Sicily’s Mt. Etna October 28, 2002, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer. Captured  (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image. One of the largest and most active volcano on the island of Sicily.  This volcano’s thermal signature was detected by MODIS and is marked with a red overlay.

Also the thermal signature is possibly a second lava flow. A dense plume of what is likely ash and smoke. Therefore is streaming southward from the volcano and out over the Mediterranean Sea.

According to news reports, at least two lava flows were still streaming down the summit’s flanks as of Monday, October 28. Therefore the flows had not come far enough down the mountain to affect any towns or villages. The lava did topple some ski resort facilities and power lines.

Therefore the Regional airports were closed due to unsafe levels.

Etna is one of the most studied volcanoes on Earth, and in 2001, French scientists reported that Etna appeared to be undergoing a gradual shift from being a “hot spot” volcano, in which magma wells up from within the Earth, to an “island arc” volcano, in which magma is produced from the collision of tectonic plates. In keeping with that idea, this most recent  occurred after a series of hundreds of small earthquakes affected eastern.

Credit: Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC

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