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Ten injured as Mount Etna erupts a third time

By T.K. Randall
March 16, 2017 · Comment icon 5 comments

Mount Etna erupting back in 2002. Image Credit: PD - Richard W. Williams
Europe's largest active volcano has erupted in spectacular fashion for the third time in under 3 weeks.
Officially one of the world's most active volcanoes, Mount Etna, which is situated in Sicily, stands at 10,922ft in height. It has been declared a "Decade Volcano" by the United Nations - one of only 16 worldwide worthy of ongoing study due to its history of violent and destructive eruptions.

Today the volcano was up to its old tricks once again, spewing magma 200 meters in to the sky and leaving bystanders running for cover as boulders and debris were hurled down on top of them.

At least ten people were believed to have been injured including members of a BBC film crew.
"Running down a mountain pelted by rocks, dodging burning boulders and boiling steam - not an experience I ever ever want to repeat," wrote BBC science correspondent Rebecca Morelle.

One volcanologist present at the time described the incident as the most dangerous he had ever experienced in more than 30 years of studying volcanoes.

"[It was a] reminder of how dangerous and unpredictable volcanoes can be," wrote Morelle.



Source: USA Today | Comments (5)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Herr Falukorv 7 years ago
Mother nature is awesome. I love the part in the video when the rocks (lava) tumble down the slope, it sounds exactly like when I am poking around the glowing coal in my kettle barbecue 
Comment icon #2 Posted by Merc14 7 years ago
I remember flying around Etna back in the 80's while working out of NAS Sigonella.  It is always boiling away inside the vent.  
Comment icon #3 Posted by coolguy 7 years ago
Thats crazy, its cool they flimed it
Comment icon #4 Posted by Totah Dine 7 years ago
I must be living under a rock.  I had not idea Etna was erupting until today.  derp.  
Comment icon #5 Posted by Totah Dine 7 years ago
Not sure what your point is but I was referring to the eruption that is injuring people and making headlines this week.  I'm well aware it's an active volcano.  


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