We all love to roam around new cities and locations of different countries that we barely know a thing about. Any thoughts come across your mind when we say Mount Etna? I think not.
Mount Etna is an active volcano on the east cost of Sicily, Italy, in the province of Catania. It’s also known as the tallest active volcano in Europe –scary isn’t it? It’s 3,329m tall!
Mount Etna is one the most active volcanoes in the whole wide world. Recently, it has been added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
It has been growing for about 500,000 years and is in the midst of a series of eruptions, like violent explosions and voluminous lava flows, that began in 2001. Not to forget to mention that 25% of Sicily’s population lives on Mount Etna’s slopes, since it’s the main source of income due to its rich soil (agriculture) and tourism.
The volcano has experienced about 200 eruptions since 1500BC, which drove the population to move from the eastern region of Sicily to its western end. Catania’s people dug a channel that drained lava away from their home, but as soon as the lava threatened the people of Paterno (the region beside Catania), the inhabitants of that community drove away the Catanians and forced them to abandon their efforts.
Many footages show Mount Etna’s violent eruptions. Some people suffered from its consequences, others described it as glowing lava into the night sky.
To the ancient Greeks, Mount Etna was the realm of Vulcan, god of fire, and the home of the one-eyed monster known as the Cyclops.
Since Etna is a strato volcano, with numerous openings (vents), nobody ever knows certainly where on its vast surface the next eruption will be. Etna’s long recorded history has proven invaluable to the world’s volcanologists. Let’s just say that keep yourself safe and take into consideration your next visit to Sicily!