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Etna eruption on November 12th, 2023

On November 12, Mount Etna surprised us with an amazing eruption which started at around 5:00 PM local time and ended the very same night. A spectacular fountain of lava reached 4500 mt of altitude, illuminating the night with a spectacular natural fireworks show. The orange and red glow emitted by the volcano was visible for kilometres, providing a unique opportunity for enthusiasts and nature photographers to witness an extraordinary natural spectacle.

The Etna eruption did not pose a threat to the surrounding communities, as it was well-controlled by the advanced volcanic monitoring systems in the area. Expert teams from the University of Catania and the INGV National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology monitored the event closely, gathering essential data for understanding Etna’s behaviour.
People settled in the villages near the volcano area are used to its sudden eruptions, as they know well that Mount Etna is a living presence;  it is very common in fact, to hear guides and local inhabitants referring to Etna as a moody woman! Nevertheless, they also consider the volcano as a generous mother, which is one of the many reasons why they profoundly love her.

Despite the volcanic activity,  it is always possible to visit Mount Etna, even without reaching the area of the active craters.
The active craters are in fact located over 3000 meters of altitude, but it is possible to discover the fascinating extinct later craters and the volcanic phenomena at lower altitudes, besides the amazing natural landscapes. However, we always recommend that you go accompanied by a guide and do not venture out alone on the volcano.

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