Last update: October 18th, 2019 at 10:01 am
After a two-year respite, Sicily’s massive Mt. Etna volcano is showing signs of life. Beginning on December 2, 2015, the volcano began to erupt, sending fountains of lava into the air and jets of hot material as much as 3 kilometers above the summit.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) captured this true-color image on December 2. A thick plume of gas and ash is rising from the volcano while thin streams of the volcanic plume has spread southward over Sicily then eastward over the Ionian Sea.
On December 9, the Volcano Discovery website reported, “activity at Etna’s New Southeast Crater strongly decreased and the lava flow seems no longer active now. Tremor has dropped as well, but ash emissions and occasional explosions continue from several of the summit craters.” They also report a number of earthquakes – as many as 46 on December 9 – have been increasing, with small fractures appearing in surrounding areas, specifically on the road surface of a local road. While overall activity seems to be decreasing, the tremors may indicate additional activity in the upcoming days.