Sicily's October Sky
April 2, 2003
The height and southward extent of the ash plume emanating from Sicily's Mount Etna volcano on October 27, 2002 are captured in these four image panels from the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR). Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, was revived when a series of intermittent minor earthquakes shook the eastern edge of Sicily and parts of mainland Italy during September and October. The eruption of Etna sent a thick blanket of volcanic ash over much of eastern Sicily, sparked forest fires, and destroyed or damaged hundreds of buildings with lava flows and pyroclastic activities.
Topics: Disaster Accident, Environment, Igneous rocks, Volcanology, Geology, Sicily, Volcanoes of Italy, Stratovolcanoes, Mount Etna, Mount Vesuvius, Lava, Types of volcanic eruptions, Pyroclastic rock, Volcano, Plate tectonics