Mt Etna on the island of Sicily, Italy (the “football” the boot of Italy is kicking) blew up again yesterday, and below is some spectacular nighttime footage you’ll probably see on tonight’s evening news.
Just remember that volcanoes are Nature’s way of telling us the Earth can warm up the atmosphere just as much as us puny humans.
Mt. Etna, a really neat volcano located on Italy’s southernmost island Sicily (the football the boot is kicking), went through what they call a “paroxysm” a few day ago. Below is the video, and if you like that kind of thing, it’s pretty. Etna has erupted fairly often over the last 20-something years, but most of the time, the eruptions are relatively tame.
And then you have what you see below. 1999, 2006 and twice in 2011, Etna erupted like you see. The difference is here, Etna waited for a weather front to move through and started erupting with force at night, and then into daytime. Add to that the wonderous thick layer of snow and you have a nice bonus. When the hot rocks meet the cold snow bank, massive plumes of steam rise up, and you have what are called pyroclastic flows of ash and steam caught on video.
The only reason for audio is to listen to the oohs and ahhs of the Italians making this movie. There’s a very nice “Mama, Mia!” about two thirds of the way through.
If you’re watching this on a big monitor, don’t forget to hit the HD button, as this vid is available in glorious 1080p goodness.
OK, First, now would be the time to tell you something I learned in like grade School. The Vikings misnamed both Iceland (which is warm, green, and habitable) and Greenland (which is cold, brutal, and unlivable), so as to confuse their enemies. Second, there is this thing called the “Ring of Fire” where the magma from the center of the Earth boils up to the surface and spews out.
The newest active volcanic eruption on United States soil is taking place involving the Redoubt Volcano in Alaska near the Cook Inlet.
And Sarah Palin can see it from her house!!
More information will be forthcoming as the news cycles hit later on this morning. There’s no danger to most people (the last eruption set volcanic ash in the pathway of a passenger jet, choking out all four engines on a KLM Boing 747 jet, causing an emergency landing!) being that warnings have been going out for several weeks now. I’ve been following the Tweets from the volcano staff and at the moment, the ash cloud is estimated to be above 50,000 feet!
The volcano’s ash probably won’t really affect worldwide temperatures, however. Some volcanoes have been known to do that. It’s said that the dark and cool summer caused by a volcanic eruption helped “inspire” Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” novel. But the Redoubt volcano is most likely too far north to have its ash spread far enough south to mix well in the global circulation to the point of affecting sunlight reaching the earth’s surface.