August 1, 2011

Mount Etna Erupts After Six Months Of Silence

Mount Etna volcano on the island of Sicily erupted during the weekend, shooting flames 820-feet in the air and spewing lava down its slopes.

Some are concerned about the effects the eruption will have on air travel, but the winds were blowing the ash away from the airport and no flights had been cancelled.

According to the Italian Institute of Volcanology, the volcanic activity started on Saturday morning and continued through the day and overnight into Sunday.

This is the fourth and the biggest eruption in July, after six months of calm, with lava fountains as high as 1,640-feet high.

Etna stands at 10,922-feet and is considered one of the most active volcanoes in the world.  The mountain is 69-feet higher than it was in 1981 due to all its volcano activity.

Diodorus Siculus, a Greek historian who flourished between 60 and 30 B.C., recorded the first known eruption of Etna.