On May 12, 2022, an event changes the appearance of the largest volcano in Europe: the creation of a new crater south-east of Etna. The volcano passes from the state of “green” to “yellow” alert, as reported in the article “Allerta gialla per l’Etna, emerge nuova bocca effusiva”, published on blogsicilia.it.
Civil Protection has raised the level due to the various studies and reports from the Department of Earth Sciences in Florence and the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology.
An increase in the alert level also entails greater monitoring of the volcano, also made possible by the collaboration, through the exchange of information, of the National Civil Protection Service and the scientific community.
It is thanks to the action of the scientific community, in particular the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, Etna Observatory, in Catania, that the explosive activity of the southeast crater is detected. Activity that does not stop at the simple explosive level, but continues with the volcanic tremor, originating 3000 meters below the crater, which maintains values above the norm.
We must always thank all scientists, researchers, and members of the Civil Protection for the incredible work, sometimes ignored, they do to ensure the safety of all. Monitoring a volcano may seem trivial, but it is a complex field that has the task of preventing as much as possible the chances of any catastrophes. This combined with the work of the Civil Protection guarantees the safety of all citizens of the Catania area.