Predicting Mt. Etna's Eruptions

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Rising nearly 11,000 feet above sea level on the Mediterranean island of Sicily, Mt. Etna is one of the largest, most active volcanoes in the world, producing at least one eruption a year.

The volcano Mt. Etna rises 11,000 feet above many towns and villages along its flanks. Kelsey Ohman

The volcano Mt. Etna rises 11,000 feet above many towns and villages along its flanks.

Kelsey Ohman


The volcano's first lava flows of 2013 came this week, on February 19 and 20. No one was injured, though nearly a million people live near the volcano's flanks.

Find out how researchers monitor and forecast the location and time of Mt. Etna's activity in this Science Bulletins video, filmed in 2010. 


For more, see Science Bulletins' Earth Documentaries pages.