Sunday, May 21, 2023

Etna erupts: ash rain on Catania airport, flights suspended

aeroporto Fontanarossa

Etna has returned to erupt. Lots of black ash scattered around the volcano. So much so that Catania's Fontanarossa airport had to raise the white flag and suspend flights. Departures were blocked, while incoming planes were diverted to other airports.

This was announced by the management company of the Sicilian airport: "Due to the eruptive activity of Etna and the simultaneous fallout of volcanic ash on the airport floors, flight operations are suspended until safety conditions are restored". reads in a note also disseminated on social networks.

 The experts of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, Etna observatory, in Catania communicate that "the cloud cover persists in the summit area of ​​the volcano, therefore it is not possible to carry out volcanological observations via the video surveillance network". However, the volcanologists explain that "starting from 7.20 the volcanic tremor, already at a high level, registers a sudden increase in values".

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