Multidisciplinary approach yields insight into mt. etna eruption


  • The Research Group of the Instituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia-Sezione di Catania, Italy


On July 17, 2001, lava began pouring down the slopes of Mt. Etna in Sicily signaling the start of the volcano's first flank eruption in nearly 10 years. Etna typically experiences long periods of explosive and effusive activity at the summit, which lies 3350 m a.s.l., interspersed with shorter flank eruptions. During the latter, large volumes of lava can threaten local populations.