The most spectacular New Year's fireworks on Thursday called the awakening of the volcano Etna in Sicily. The first in 2012, the eruption of the largest active volcano in Europe comes just 50 days after the previous one.
External signs of the activity of Etna were no less spectacular than 18 eruptions recorded in the previous year. This time, a column of smoke and ash that rose to a height of five thousand meters, not even brought to short closure of the international airport of Catania, which is located at the foot of the volcano, but as a precaution the number of flights was still reduced.
Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (IIV) on the eve of fixed subterranean noise and tremors in the crater of Etna. In the morning, several fountains of molten lava in the crater and scored on the southeast slope. Small lava flows began to move to the north, followed by the gas exhaust.
Ashes lay on the surrounding fields. Lava in contact with the snow gave out into the atmosphere huge clouds of steam. These phenomena observed inhabitants of Catania, Taormina and Syracuse, as well as many tourists traveling to Sicily on the eve fairy Befana is celebrated in Italy on January 6, passes ITAR-TASS.