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July 29, 2001 | PATRICIA THOMAS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
With Mount Etna belching plumes of flame and ash, workers relentlessly bulldozed dirt and volcanic rock into 10-foot walls Friday, hoping to prevent lava from swallowing a string of souvenir shops and a cable-car base. The work became more frantic after the flow from Europe's most active volcano burned a wooden warehouse Friday morning, just hours after it poured over a protective embankment and across a parking lot that had been cleared of cars.
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October 30, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
A series of earthquakes rocked this island Tuesday, leaving hundreds of families temporarily homeless as Mt. Etna spewed lava and ash for a third day running. The Italian government declared a state of emergency for the volcano area, and the Defense Ministry sent in 1,000 soldiers. A ship equipped with a medical clinic was positioned off the city of Catania.
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October 1, 1989 | From Associated Press
Fountains of lava spewed Saturday from a new crater on Mt. Etna and sent a red-hot river of lava flowing down the eastern slope of Europe's most active volcano. Scientists said the lava gushed from a 500-foot crater that opened 8,500 feet up the mountain after a series of tremors on Thursday. News reports said the river of lava was 15 yards wide and had snaked down to the 4,500-foot level, still oozing forward at about 10 yards an hour. Mt. Etna began its latest eruption on Sept. 11.
WORLD
October 29, 2002 | From Associated Press
Mt. Etna spewed columns of ash that blackened skies as far away as Africa on Monday as lava streamed down its slopes. The magma set a pine forest on fire and led officials to divert flights to the other side of this Italian island. The air was thick and dirty over eastern Sicily, and on Malta, an island 125 miles south of the volcano, ash blackened parked cars and dirtied laundry hanging from balconies.
NEWS
July 31, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
July 20, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
April 21, 1992 | Reuters
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.
NEWS
April 25, 1992 | From Reuters
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."
NEWS
January 8, 1992 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
April 26, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
WORLD
October 28, 2002 | From Reuters
Rivers of lava poured down Mt. Etna on Sunday, engulfing small buildings and threatening a mountain lodge after a series of earthquakes awakened Europe's highest and most active volcano. Pine trees caught fire as the heat of the lava engulfed them, and the stench of sulfur filled the air as cracks opened up in the ground, witnesses said.
NEWS
August 6, 2001 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anna D'Agada knows there's a chance that a river of lava from Mt. Etna could destroy her home in the next few weeks or months. But that doesn't stop her from loving Europe's largest and most active volcano. "Frankly, I'm not afraid, because we live here, we were born here," she said. "Every once in a while, it gives off a little smoke and gives us some positive energy. I like it." Mt.
NEWS
August 1, 2001 | From Associated Press
Red-hot lava destroyed a cable car station and surged over man-made barriers Tuesday, drawing closer to a popular tourist complex halfway up Mt. Etna. A flow of lava nearly 500 feet wide overran two walls of earth and rock erected to protect the complex--a hostel and a cluster of restaurants and souvenir stands--and was about 165 feet away.
NEWS
July 31, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
July 29, 2001 | PATRICIA THOMAS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
With Mount Etna belching plumes of flame and ash, workers relentlessly bulldozed dirt and volcanic rock into 10-foot walls Friday, hoping to prevent lava from swallowing a string of souvenir shops and a cable-car base. The work became more frantic after the flow from Europe's most active volcano burned a wooden warehouse Friday morning, just hours after it poured over a protective embankment and across a parking lot that had been cleared of cars.
NEWS
July 28, 2001 | From Associated Press
With Mt. Etna belching plumes of flame and ash, workers relentlessly bulldozed dirt and volcanic rock into 10-foot walls Friday, hoping to prevent lava from swallowing a string of souvenir shops and a cable-car base. The work became more frantic after the flow from Europe's most active volcano burned a wooden warehouse Friday morning, just hours after it poured over a protective embankment and across an empty parking lot.
NEWS
April 13, 1992 | Associated Press
A river of lava from Mt. Etna reached the last barrier protecting this village early today, and officials prepared explosives and concrete blocks in hopes of diverting the steaming black flow. There were no immediate plans to evacuate the village's 7,000 residents. But dozens of army trucks were ready to help clear the village, about 100 miles southeast of Palermo.
NEWS
August 1, 2001 | From Associated Press
Red-hot lava destroyed a cable car station and surged over man-made barriers Tuesday, drawing closer to a popular tourist complex halfway up Mt. Etna. A flow of lava nearly 500 feet wide overran two walls of earth and rock erected to protect the complex--a hostel and a cluster of restaurants and souvenir stands--and was about 165 feet away.
NEWS
July 20, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
July 19, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
Sicily's Mt. Etna, Europe's most active volcano, erupted Wednesday, forcing emergency services workers to build up defenses against a lava flow moving at 500 feet an hour. After days of tremors, lava spewed out of a new fissure in the volcano early Wednesday at a height of 6,900 feet. Ash and smoke have been billowing out of Etna and over eastern Sicily for the last five days. One man needed hospital treatment after he was hit by a rock thrown out of the volcano.
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