July 31, 2001 |
For the third time, a rain of black volcanic ash closed the airport nearest Mt. Etna, but a lava flow appeared to be slowing. The red-hot lava was licking the edges of a tourist facility, Rifugio Sapienza, about halfway down Etna's slopes. The head of Italy's civil protection agency, Francesco Barberi, said the event is outrunning computer simulations used to predict the course of an eruption and lava flows.
July 20, 2001 |
Sicily's Mt. Etna, Europe's most active volcano, continued to erupt as a lava flow edged closer to a town nestled on the mountain's slopes. The mayor of Nicolosi, 10 miles downhill from the crest of the flow, said he feared that the town could be in danger in the next week and asked for help to divert the lava. "The situation is critical," Salvatore Moschetto told ANSA news agency.
April 21, 1992 |
Stiff winds Monday thwarted an attempt by helicopter-borne crews to "plug" an underground river of lava feeding a flow of molten rock down Europe's most active volcano. But further down Mt. Etna, a lava front moving toward the town of Zafferana appeared to be slowing down, and the immediate threat to houses on the volcano's slopes receded. A helicopter carrying U.S. Marines and Italian sailors and buffeted by high winds was forced to jettison a 5,000-pound steel platform on the mountainside.
April 25, 1992 |
The flow of molten lava from Mt. Etna slowed Friday, granting a respite to the embattled Sicilian village of Zafferana and its 7,000 people. Experts said the lava was emerging from a new fissure at an elevation of about 3,250 feet and dispersing laterally before it could threaten the village. "We don't know if the advance has been halted by our interventions or naturally," chief government volcanologist Franco Barberi said. "The important thing is that it has stopped."
January 8, 1992 |
Soldiers put the finishing touches Tuesday on a 50-foot-high, 825-foot-long earthen wall at the base of Mt. Etna, declaring victory--for the moment--against the volcano's 10th major eruption this century. Nervous citizens of Zafferana Etna, a town of 7,000 in the shadow of the volcano, expressed relief. A four-mile flow of lava had been heading for the village until it ran out of energy a few days ago.
April 26, 1992 |
Lava poured out of Mt. Etna overnight, but a man-made barricade diverted the flow away from Zafferana, a farming town on the slopes of the volcano, experts said. "One can say that certainly, for some weeks, Zafferana is safe," one volcanologist, Franco Barberi, told RAI television in an interview from a slope of the 12,000-foot mountain. Since the volcano began erupting in December, molten lava has come to within half a mile of Zafferana, a town of 7,000 that produces honey and fruit.