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January 03 2012


Mount Etna, the 3,329-metre / 10,922-feet volcano in Sicily erupted in the evening of January 12, 2011 for around four hours, providing an amazing scenery.

On the evening of 11th January 2011 an increase in volcanic tremor was recorded at the summit of the volcano. The recorded seismic activity reached a peak at 7 a.m. on 12th January when the source moved from north of NE crater to the SE crater. The eruption started with strombolian explosive activity at SE crater at around 9.p.m. Lava overflowed the eastern rim of SE crater and fed a flow that moved toward the western wall of the Valle del Bove (Valley of the oxen), an ancient huge uninhabited depression on the NE side of the volcano. The Sicilian communities near the volcano were not threatened by this latest fascinating eruption. Known as 'Jebel Utlamat' in Arabic - meaning 'mountain of fire - Etna's name is thought to originate from the Phoenician word 'attuna', meaning 'furnace'.

Etna is Europe's most active volcano and has been active for around half a million years. Eruptions have rarely threatened the inhabited areas in the volcano's vicinity. Most eruptions take place on the summit area around its 4 crates with spectacular lava streams flowing usually inside the large uninhabited depression of the "Valle del Bove", having an extension from west to east of 7 km / 4,4 miles and a north-south width of roughly 5.5 km / 3,5 miles.

Best place to watch the fascinating eruptions of Mount Etna is the town of Taormina, nestled on a hill at 220 meters / 722 feet above the sea level and at a safe linear distance of approx.28 Km / 17,4 miles from the top craters of the Sicilian volcano. We shot this unique video from our panoramic rooftop lounge&terrace at the Hotel Villa Schuler in Taormina on January 12, 2011 at 11.45 p.m and uploaded it on YouTube. Enjoy it.