Etna has calmed down say volcanologists

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(ANSA) – CATANIA, APR 2 – Etna has calmed down after a recent
series of spectacular eruptions from Europe’s tallest active
volcano, local volcanologists said in Catania on Friday.
    The lava flow from the south-east crater responsible for the
latest blasts has stopped, said the Etna Observatory of the
National Institute for Geopphysics and Volcanology (INGV-OE).
    Etna on Thursday belched out another lava plume, spewing ash and
lapilli into a nine-kilometre-high column.
    The ash was scattered onto nearby Catania and the eastern
Sicilian city’s airport’s air space was closed. Flights were
rerouted out of Palermo.
    Lapilli also fell onto a number of smaller towns and villages on
Etna’s southern slopes including Nicolosi, Trecastagni, Pedara,
Aci Sant’Antonio and San Gregorio, where the eruptions rattled
windows and doors.
    The iconic volcano also emitted a fresh lava flow.
    INGV said it was the 17th “paroxysm” in Etna’s latest phase of
volcanic activity, which began in mid February. (ANSA).


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