GAPING hole splits Etna in two sparking fears volcano is HOURS from deadly eruption

Saturday, March 10, 2018
By Paul Martin

A GAPING crack has split open Mount Etna sparking fears the deadly volcano is just HOURS from a fiery eruption.

By CARLY READ
Express.co.uk
Sat, Mar 10, 2018

Residents of the ancient city of Catania on the eastern shores of Sicily took to Twitter to share terrifying scenes as scorching lava trickled from a split in the world’s most powerful volcano.

Local Salvatore Lo Giudice shared an apocalyptic image of the angry mountain enveloped in smoke with luminous lava spouting from the side.

Thousands of locals in Etna’s path will be part of a mass evacuation should a full blown eruption take place today.

It comes after a rapid succession of powerful tremors reverberated through Etna within a terrifying five minutes of each other on Thursday.

The volcano, which sits just 18 miles form the coastal town, produced three shallow shocks on its southern slopes in the early hours.

The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) of Catania recorded the quakes at 9.50am local time and just over 4 miles north of Ragalna, a small commune southeast of Palermo.

Despite no damage to buildings or him to residents during the quakes, they were recorded at magnitude 3.3, 2.8 and 2.5.

The 3,350m mountain is recognised as one of the most active volcanoes on the planet with a near-constant rate of activity and is currently undergoing a state of eruption according to trackers at Volcano Discovery.

Volcano Discovery said: “Mt Etna on Sicily, locally called ‘Mongibello’, is Europe’s largest and most active volcano.

“Its frequent eruptions are often accompanied by large lava flows, but rarely pose danger to inhabited areas.

“Etna is one of the volcanoes with the longest historic records of eruptions, going back more than 2000 years.”

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