Updated: 12/27/2018 3:41:22 AM
About 10 people were reportedly injured, with the most serious being a 70-year-old man who fractured ribs and was undergoing surgery for chest injuries.
Additionally, 18 other people went to local hospitals suffering from panic attacks or shock, news reports said.
The Civil Protection Department said temporary shelters were being set up in gyms or municipal buildings for people whose houses were damaged or who were too frightened to return to their homes.
This kind of activity "can last days or weeks," he said, "but it's unpredictable." Italy's Civil Protection chief said it appeared the activity at Etna was calming down. "From a scientific point of view, we're dealing with an isolated event," Angelo Borrelli told Sky TG24 TV. "The technical experts tell us we're heading toward a cooling of the lava, and we ought to expect earthquake inactivity."
Updated: 12/26/2018 10:05:52 AM
A 4.8-magnitude earthquake struck early on Wednesday near Italy's Mount Etna. It comes two days after an eruption at the volcano, which sent a huge column of ash into the sky and caused the temporary closure of Catania airport on Sicily's eastern coast.
The quake hit 03.19 CET near the municipality of Viagrande, some 20 kilometers south of Europe's highest volcano, according to the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV). The Corriere newspaper reported that 10 people had been slightly injured.
Updated: 12/25/2018 12:24:55 PM
Italy’s Catania airport resumed full operations a day after an ash cloud from Mount Etna’s latest eruption forced it to shut down, while fiery red lava could be seen shooting from the volcano in eastern Sicily on Tuesday. Ashes coated streets and sidewalks in the mountain towns of Zafferana Etnea and Santa Venerina. No evacuations of residents were ordered. At least 300 tremors rattled the slopes of the volcanic mountain during a three-hour span early Monday, including a magnitude 4.3 seismic shake, Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology said. A new, 2-kilometer (1.25 mile) fissure opened up Monday on a stretch of uninhabited slope near Mount Etna’s southeast crater.
Updated: 12/25/2018 4:20:54 AM
Sicily's Mount Etna volcano erupted on Monday, the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV) said in a statement. The eruption that began at noon was preceded by 130 earthquake tremors, the two strongest of which measured 4.0 and 3.9 on the Richter scale, the INGV said. Air traffic at the airport in the nearby city of Catania was suspended as a result, SKY TG24 private broadcaster reported. "Earthquake felt by the population, no injured or damages so far," the Civil Protection Agency tweeted around 1 pm.
Published Monday, December 24, 2018
A new flank eruption, the first in nearly 11 years, has begun at Mount Etna, Italy on December 24, 2018, forcing authorities to raise the Aviation Color Code to Red.
An intense earthquake swarm started at the volcano at 07:50 UTC, with more than 130 earthquakes in the first three hours. The largest was M 4.0 at 12:08 UTC, located on the NE side of the volcano at a depth of 2 km.
The seismic activity was accompanied by a gradual increase in the degassing from the summit, initially with sporadic ash emissions emitted by the Bocca Nuova and the NE Crater which culminated at about 11:00 UTC with increased explosive activity and a continuous dense plume of dark ash.
According to the Toulouse VAAC, volcanic ash cloud is rising up to 5.5 km above sea level.
Intense Strombolian activity began at the southern base of the New SE Crater, probably triggered by an eruptive fissure, INGV volcanologists said. At the same time, Strombolian activity was further increased also at the Bocca Nuova and the Northeast Crater.
A large lava flow is descending from a new fissure vent at the New SE crater on the upper Valle del Bove.
The GPS and clinometric geodetical networks show conspicuous deformations of the summit area.
The Osservatorio Etneo is continuously monitoring the evolution of this eruption and is in close contact with the Department of Civil Protection (DPC) and all Civil Protection Authorities.
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