MOUNT Etna in Italy, Europe’s most active volcano, has “woken up”, with lava flowing for several hundred metres volcanologists have confirmed.
Two fractures opened at the base of the SE crater and on the north-eastern flank of the New SE crater at 3am local time (2am BST). The lava flows were accompanied by a Strombolian activity from the main craters.
The Aviation Colour Code was raised to Red at 10.21am BST on May 30. Volcanic ash was pictured rising up to two and a half miles above sea level.
Etna, which rises to almost 11,000 feet, is located in the east coast of Sicily, in the Metropolitan City of Catania, between the cities of Messina and Catania.
An eruption between 1991-1993 saw the town of Zafferana threatened by a lava flow. On 1669, an eruption at Etna resulted in 600 million sq m of lava being expelled, generating a lava field more than 10 miles in length.
In 2017, ten people were injured in an eruption on Mount Etna when magma flowing into snow caused a violent explosion that sent stones flying into the air.