Mount Etna, the highest volcano in Europe, erupted on Wednesday July 14 on the Italian island of Sicily, ANSA reports.
After the ejection of lava, the ash cloud near Catania reached an altitude of 6,000 meters. Scientists at the Institute of Volcanology INGV (Italy) believe that this is the final manifestation of volcanic activity, which began in February this year. Italian researchers announced the discovery of the “heart” of the volcano, contributing to an increase in its internal energy and activity.
The Italian authorities did not close the airspace over the airport of the Sicilian city. On Etna, the most active and highest (3330 m) European volcano, there are many craters, their number ranges from 200 to 400. Almost every 3 months, lava flows are thrown from one of them. On average, every one and a half centuries, the activation of the eruption leads to the destruction of one of the villages located near Etna. In June 2013, the volcano was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.