Etna, the highest volcano in Europe, has erupted in Sicily. VIDEO

Etna, the highest volcano in Europe, has erupted in Sicily.  VIDEO

On the Italian island of Sicily, the eruption of Mount Etna – the highest active volcano in Europe – began.

This was reported by La Sicilia newspaper and the Volcano Discovery portal.

Specialists of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology distinguish the paroxysmal phase of the eruption – this means that it is now slowly intensifying.

Scientists say emissions reached 4,500m (14,763ft) above sea level, Sky News reports.

Sometimes due to the eruption of Etna in Catania, Vincenzo Bellini International Airport has to be closed.

However, La Sicilia writes that the current phase of the eruption of Etna does not currently affect the operation of the airport.

Etna is a stratovolcano on the island of Sicily with a height of 3,326 to 3,350 meters according to various sources.

This is the highest and most active volcano in Europe, which has “awakened” several times this year.

The current eruption period began in 2013. In 2021, in half a year, Etna threw out so much volcanic material that it grew almost 30 meters in height.

Etna is considered a safe volcano, as most eruptions do not pose a threat to those living in the area.

However, the volcano was a threat before. In 1928, the entire town of Mascali was wiped off the face of the earth, and in 2002, lava destroyed shops, hotels and restaurants in the area of ​​Piano Provenzana.

We will remind, earlier the authorities of Iceland reported that the eruption of a local volcano could severely damage the entire city of Grindavik.

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