A fiery Italian! Europe’s most active volcano Mount Etna erupts sending lava and ash clouds billowing into the air

A large eruption at Mount Etna, photographed f...

A large eruption at Mount Etna, photographed from the International Space Station (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Volcanoes always seem to me like escape vents releasing pressure from the earth so I suppose we should be thankful for them in the great scheme of planetary stability despite their inherent dangers.  Italy has its fair share – Etna, the Lipari islands and of course Vesuvius which wiped out Pompeii in a huge pyroplastic explosion.

 

Eruption

You are my subservient underlings
who graze my fertile slopes at my desire;
and those who durst control me feel my wrath.

Bubonic burst.  A pustule on my lava skin.
Belly-belch ember-spray erupting forth
from me, Etna, unmuzzled god of earth’s hell-fire.

You feel my muscled stone-meld rippling.
I faze you with my molten wall of rock
that wells from deep and crowns my fortress higher.

You seek shelter from the sprinkling
of asphyxiating flakes.  The searing ash your funeral pyre
that consecrates your futile, feudal lives.

Don’t underestimate my power.  You’ve no inkling
of the unleashed energy that Gaia can inspire
when your numbered days on earth are done.

26th October 2013 – headline from the Daily Mail

Notes:  A fiery Italian! Europe’s most active volcano Mount Etna erupts sending lava and ash clouds billowing into the air.”  Europe’s most active volcano Mount Etna has erupted, spewing lava into the air and sending a vast plume of smoke over Sicily  The eruption did not require any of the villages of Catania, dotted around the mountain, to be evacuated, though airspace over the southern Italian island was briefly closed on Saturday morning.  Etna came into existence when the African tectonic plate submerged under the Eurasian plate almost one million years ago.  Although the last major eruption was in 1992, the volcano is in constant activity and the latest outburst is believed to be one of the biggest by geology experts.  The latest eruption, preceded by a series of underground tremors on Friday, is part of a series of outbursts that began in 2007.  They have ranged from violent explosions and voluminous lava flows to soft tremors.

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