Published: Sat, December 29, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Quake from Mount Etna volcano jolts Sicily, sparks panic among villagers

Quake from Mount Etna volcano jolts Sicily, sparks panic among villagers

It happened two days after Etna, Europe's most elevated and most dynamic spring of gushing lava, ejected, sending a colossal segment of cinder into the sky and causing the impermanent conclusion of Catania airplane terminal on Sicily's eastern drift.

Four people suffered light injuries, officials said.

Italy's Mount Etna spews the ash and smoke in Sicily, Italy Monday in this still image from a video obtained by Reuters TV.


Earlier, the experts from the Sicilian Center of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology of Italy (Ingv) recorded an increase in the activity of the volcano, which awoke on Christmas Eve.

Although the quake hit to the north of Catania, the largest city in eastern Sicily, no damage or injuries were reported there, but other towns experienced cracks opening in buildings, while a number of villagers fled their homes in panic.

The most seriously injured was a 70-year-old man who fractured ribs and was undergoing surgery for chest injuries. A ceiling collapsed in another house, and in other homes parts of exterior walls crumbled.


The Civil Protection agency said temporary shelters were being set up for people whose houses were damaged or who were too alarmed to return to their homes.

The mountain is the largest of Italy's three active volcanoes at 3,300 meters (10,800 feet) high, and has erupted regularly over the past 2,700 years. Its frequent eruptions are often accompanied by large lava flows, but rarely pose danger to inhabited areas.

Some buildings were reportedly affected in what was the most recent in dozens of tremors since Etna broke out on Monday.


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