The lava rivers of the Etna volcano seen from space | Digital Trends Spanish


Mount Etna, on the Italian island of Sicily, is currently one of the most active volcanoes in the world. In fact, in less than 48 hours it has erupted on two occasions, in which it released a significant amount of lava and ash.

As evidence of its spectacular nature, the European Space Agency (ESA) has shared an impressive infrared image that shows a river of lava emanating from the volcano.

The photograph was captured on February 18 from space by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite and serves to raise awareness of the magnitude of this massif located in Sicilian territory.

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According to Italian authorities, after the powerful eruption of February 16, Etna produced another with an impressive explosion of fire, in addition to high sources of lava that rose into the sky and reached heights close to 700 meters.

The lava flows originated in the first outbreak descended to the Valle del Bove, after traveling about four kilometers. The second explosion, meanwhile, caused the lava to travel just over a kilometer down the southern flanks of the volcano.

The ash cloud covered the city of Catania and the authorities continue with intense monitoring in the towns near the base of the volcano.

Also, and as a preventive measure, the eruptions have forced the closure of the Catania airport, which is always done when the volcano remains active.

Since 1977, Etna has registered hundreds of eruptions like this week; between January and August 2000, there were 66, and from 2011 to 2013, about 50.

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