After six months of calm, famous volcano Mt. Etna on the southern Italian island of Sicily erupted again in July. Its latest eruption occurred on July 30, when it shot flames more than 820-feet into the air, and flowing lava down its slopes.
This was the Mt. Etna’s biggest eruption in July and the seventh in 2011. The last eruption at Mt. Etna occurred on 19th of July. Luckily, no causality or damage to property has so far been reported.
Officials at the nearby Catania airport were concerned that ash from the 11,000-feet tall volcano could force them to suspend some flights, but the winds blew the ash away from the airport, and no flight was delayed or cancelled.
In January, Italian Authorities were forced to temporarily shut down airports for hours, when lava fountaining from Etna lasted more than 1.5 hours.
Mt. Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. People residing in the surrounding areas have been warned that volcano could enter another active phase in near future.
Over the last few decades, Mt. Etna erupted very frequently, shooting out gases and lava, threatening the lives and properties of the villages surrounding the crater.