EcoAlert: Mount Etna Awakens!

EtnaMER_FR_20110111_46358_large,0 This Envisat MERIS image, taken on 11 January 2011, shows the plume of smoke billowing into the atmosphere from Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy. Activity gradually increased the following day, peaking in the evening.

Mount Etna,  by far the largest of the three active volcanoes in Italy  two and a half times the height of Mount Vesuvius, and the highest mountain in south of the Alps, is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity. The fertile volcanic soils support extensive agriculture, with vineyards and orchards spread across the lower slopes of the mountain and the broad Plain of Catania to the south. Due to its history of recent activity and nearby population, Mount Etna has been designated a Decade Volcano by the United Nations.

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Image Credit: ESA

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