Eruption of Etna Natural Disasters
After a 12-day Strombolian activity in the southeast of Etna February 9, 2012 in one of the craters, a series of paroxysmal eruptions, the second in 2012. Although the event was less powerful, but it lasted more than 5 hours. Interrupted activity of the 8 February, reaching its peak at night to the eruption of lava up to a distance of 500 meters. Rising column of ash several kilometers into Catania airport forced to cancel all morning flights. At some explosions from the crater were ejected volcanic bombs, most of which came back into the crater.
At Mount Etna, located near the second largest city in Sicily, Catania, the richest history of major volcanic eruptions, which dates back to 1500 BC Almost the entire surface is covered stratovolcano hardened lava flows. On Etna may be two types of eruptions: stable eruption in one or more of the three speakers of the summit crater with a bit of spewing lava and lateral eruptions that occur less frequently in fractures near the top, but the major emitters of lava. More intense paroxysmal eruption at Etna began in 1995 and has since been observed by the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Catania.