Europes highest volcano Mount Etna erupted
05, Jun 2019
Prelims level : Mains level :
- Mount Etnaa, Europe’s Highest Volcano and one of the world’s most active volcanoes, erupted spitting molten lava high into the sky.
- It is located on the east coast of Sicily, Italy, in the Metropolitan City of Catania.
- This is 2019’s first eruption as the volcano on the island of Sicily as the Mount last erupted on 24 December 2018.
- The eruption did not affect the nearby residential areas or for flights at the closest airport at Catania.
About Mount Etna:
- Etna is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, Italy. A stratovolcano is a conical volcano built up by many layers of hardened lava, tephra, pumice, and ash. The stratovolcano is also known as a composite volcano,
- It is the highest active volcano in Europe outside the Caucasus. The Mount is elevated to 3,326 m (10,912 ft). It is the highest peak in Italy south of the Alps. It is located above the convergent plate margin, which is between the African Plate and the Eurasian Plate.
- It is also the largest of the three active volcanoes in Italy. The other largest volcanoes are Mount Vesuvius and Mount Stromboli.
- The United Nations has designated Mt. Etna as a Decade Volcano. In June 2013, it was added to the list of The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites.