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.
|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.
You feel my muscled stone-meld rippling.
You seek shelter from the sprinkling
Don’t underestimate my power. You’ve no inkling
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.
- Mount Etna volcano erupts sending lava and ash into sky (telegraph.co.uk)
- Italy’s Mount Etna volcano erupts (itv.com)