Mount Etna
Mount Etna

Mount Etna is erupting and astronauts are watching it from space | ISS Astronauts Shared Mount Etna’s Eruption From Space

The majestic Mount Etna is erupting so strongly in the Mediterranean that it’s catching the attention of the International Space Station crew.

Members of Expedition 66, which is now in orbit, provided some views of the volcano from space, which erupted dozens of times alone in the last year.

On the Russian side of the space station, cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, also sent a report down from orbit. “Red-hot lava flows out of the crater, and clouds of ash and smoke are in the sky over Sicily. The activity of the volcano then stops, then resumes with a series of powerful explosions.”

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Volcanic plumes may reach extremely high heights, posing a threat to aviation traffic. At the same time, sulfur dioxide near the ground can irritate the human respiratory system, triggering asthma and other respiratory problems.

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Mount Etna was so active in 2021 that it grew by 100 feet (30 meters) in half a year. Astronauts from space can assist with satellite observations of natural phenomena such as volcanoes and hurricanes snapping their own photographs from the ISS.

Volcanic plumes might reach very high heights, posing a threat to aviation traffic. At the same time, sulfur dioxide near the ground can irritate the human respiratory system, triggering asthma and other respiratory problems.

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Etna is an active stratovolcano on Sicily’s east coast, between Messina and Catania, in the Metropolitan City of Catania. Above the convergent plate border, it separates the African and Eurasian plates. It is one of Europe’s tallest active volcanoes and Italy’s highest mountain south of the Alps.

Volcanic plumes can reach very high altitudes and can potentially impact air traffic, while sulfur dioxide closer to the ground can irritate the human respiratory system and trigger asthma or other respiratory conditions.

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Mount Etna is one of the world’s most active volcanoes, with almost daily eruptions. Vineyards and orchards are scattered throughout the lower slopes of the mountain and the vast Plain of Catania to the south, thanks the excellent volcanic soils.

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About 500,000 years ago, volcanic activity began on Mount Etna, eruptions happening beneath the sea along Sicily’s ancient shoreline.

Mount Etna is believed to be a submarine volcano that popped above sea level after several eruptions, due to solidified lava, according to NASA’s Earth Observatory. The mountain has lava flows over its surface that date to as far back as 300,000 years ago.

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Zeus, the deity of the sky and thunder and ruler of gods, was claimed to have confined the terrible monster Typhon beneath this mountain, and the forges of Hephaestus were also thought to be beneath it in Greek mythology.

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According to Italy’s National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology (per Reuters), the eruption centered on the volcano’s southeastern crater at the height of roughly 2,900 meters blasted ash and columns of smoke 8 kilometers into the sky.

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