The rings of Mount Etna

The rings of Mount Etna

In the last few days, Mount Etna has once again offered us a magnificent spectacle. This time it is not lava fountains or lava flows, but rings of gas that attract photographers and tourists. Since the beginning of April 2024, Mount Etna has been puffing one ring...
The pine processionary moth: a dangerous invasion on Mount Etna

The pine processionary moth: a dangerous invasion on Mount Etna

If you are on Mount Etna in winter, you will notice numerous white, drop-shaped formations up to 30 cm in size on the pine trees. The nests, spun from thin white threads, sometimes cover the whole tree in dozens. These are the nests of the pine processionary moth...
Life in the shadow of the volcano

Life in the shadow of the volcano

I have been living in Sicily, in the province of Catania, at the foot of Mount Etna, for more than 40 years now. The volcano has characterised my life here from the very beginning. I will now tell you – from the perspective of an almost real Sicilian –...
From the sea to Mount Etna

From the sea to Mount Etna

Today we set off on a journey from the sea, more precisely from Riposto, also known as the harbour of Mount Etna, up to Piano Provenzana on the north side of Mount Etna, where the roads end and you can only continue on foot. This route takes just under an hour by car....
Spectacular lava fountains: Etna eruption 13.8.2023

Spectacular lava fountains: Etna eruption 13.8.2023

On the afternoon of 13 August 2023, the measuring instruments of the Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Catania (INGV) register the first signs of a new eruption of Etna, which begins shortly afterwards – with Strombolian activity. Strombolian activity,...
Eruption of Mount Etna on 21 May 2023

Eruption of Mount Etna on 21 May 2023

After a series of earthquakes in the summit area and a sudden increase in volcanic tremor, Etna’s awakening on 21 May 2023 was not long in coming. The protagonist of this eruption with lava fountains is once again the Southeast Crater. It has also produced two...
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