LifestyleMount Etna's fiery eruption prompts yellow alert in Sicily

Mount Etna's fiery eruption prompts yellow alert in Sicily

The sky over Sicily always looks amazing after Etna's activity.
The sky over Sicily always looks amazing after Etna's activity.
Images source: © Getty Images | Fabrizio Villa
Ilona Raczyńska

5 July 2024 07:56

More and more photos and recordings from Sicily are appearing online. Mount Etna has made its presence known with a spectacular eruption of lava and ash.

Due to the lava eruptions, the Civil Protection Department of Sicily has raised the alert level in this area from green to yellow. This decision was made for the safety of residents and the many tourists currently in Sicily.

Selfie with the volcano in the background

Local authorities have advised residents to avoid affected areas and to keep others informed about the situation's development. Tourists in the region should exercise particular caution and follow the issued recommendations.

As experts point out, the volcano is maintaining an increased state of instability. Therefore, people residing on the island are asked to stay updated with safety information and diligently follow the instructions issued by local civil protection authorities.

In a recording published by the BBC, you can see and hear how the highest active volcano in Europe spews lava from one of its largest craters.

  • Etna spewing ash is also a spectacular sight.
  • Eruption of Etna in July 2024
[1/2] Etna spewing ash is also a spectacular sight.Images source: © Getty Images | 2024 Fabrizio Villa

There is no shortage of on-site tourists- many go on organised tours near the volcano. Now that Etna is spewing lava, they are especially eager to take selfies with it in the background.

Not just Etna

Etna is not the only volcano that has recently become active in Italy. On 3rd July, the Stromboli volcano shot a fountain of lava into the air. As a result of the incident, part of the crater collapsed and fell into the sea.

  • After the eruption on Stromboli, there were clouds of smoke.
  • Stromboli Island after the volcanic eruption
[1/2] After the eruption on Stromboli, there were clouds of smoke.Images source: © EPA, PAP | Gianluca Giuffre

According to the Global Volcanism Program, conducted by the Smithsonian Institution, there are 14 volcanoes in Italy. Stromboli is one of the most active in the world. It is located on an island of the same name.

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