One of Mount Etna’s five craters erupted on November 3rd, 2015. The night sky of eastern Sicily lit up when the Voragine crater of Etna was crowned by lightning produced by the ash and smoke emitted by the volcano. Nearby villages have been covered with ash, and the Catania Fontanarossa Airport has closed.
Please see the articles linked below for further information:
Mount Etna Blasts, BBC News 3.11.15
Sky lights up over Sicily, Guardian 3.11.15
Mount Aso, a volcano on Japan’s main southern island, Kyushu, erupted yesterday (September 13, 2015).
Guardian coverage of the eruption is linked here with a video footage.
The destructive powers of Vesuvius’ eruption on August 24, 79 CE ensured the incredible preservation of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and numerous villas in Campania.
In current news:
A Forbes Tech article marking the anniversary includes a discussion of ancient sources.
The Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto) special exhibition, Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano (open until January 3, 2016), includes an incredible array of artifacts from a number of collections, including the Museo Archeologico Nazionale Napoli and Soprintendenza Speciale Pompei Ercolano Stabia.
The twin eruptions of the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile have led to evacuations of the area. The initial eruption on Wednesday marked the first time the volcano had erupted since 1972.
Sending best wishes to all those affected by the sudden eruption.
New York Times updates:
Footage of the eruption:
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