Mount Etna ERUPTION: Rapid earthquakes spark fears of fiery volcano about to blow

Mount Etna ERUPTION: Rapid earthquakes spark fears of fiery volcano about to blow

Residents of the ancient city of Catania on the eastern shores of Sicily were struck with panic after several shocks reverberated through Etna in just five minutes of each other.

The terrifying Etna which only sits 18miles from the coastal town, was rocked by three shallow tremors on its southern slopes.

The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) of Catania recorded the shocks in the early morning hours.

The strongest of the quakes, of magnitude 3.3, struck at 9.50am local time just over 4 miles north of Ragalna, a small commune southeast of Palermo.

Just a minute prior to it, in the same area, a magnitude 2.8 tremor was detected.

Thereafter a third magnitude 2.5 tremor was felt.

The three quakes were relatively shallow, striking at depths between zero and two km deep.

Thankfully no residents or buildings were damaged in the quakes.

Mount Etna ERUPTION: Rapid earthquakes spark fears of fiery volcano about to blow
View of lava flows from Trecastagni, Zafferana, Giarre, Fornazzo as Mount Etna continues to erupt; the flows that start from the south east crater pour into the Valle del Bove

Mount Etna is a classic example of a stratovolcano towering over the eastern part of Sicily at a height of 3,350m.

Etna is recognized as one of the most active volcanoes in the world with an almost constant rate of activity.

According to volcanic trackers at Volcano Discovery, the volcano is currently undergoing a state of eruption.

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Mount Etna ERUPTION: Rapid earthquakes spark fears of fiery volcano about to blow
View of lava flows from Trecastagni, Zafferana, Giarre, Fornazzo as Mount Etna continues to erupt; the flows that start from the south east crater pour into the Valle del Bove

Volcano Discovery said: “Mt Etna on Sicily, locally called ‘Mongibello’, is Europe’s largest and most active volcano.

“Its frequent eruptions are often accompanied by large lava flows, but rarely pose danger to inhabited areas.

“Etna is one of the volcanoes with the longest historic records of eruptions, going back more than 2000 years.”

The Mount Etna quakes come off the back of the Philippines volatile Mount Mayon erupting on Thursday morning.

Mount Etna ERUPTION: Rapid earthquakes spark fears of fiery volcano about to blow

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