Mount Etna sparks fears of fiery eruption after rapid swarm of earthquakes in Italy

Strange Sounds – March 10, 2018

Mount Etna, one of the word’s most active volcanoes, sparked fears of a fiery eruption on Thursday after a rapid succession of powerful tremors rocked the fiery mountain. Residents of the ancient city of Catania on the eastern shores of Sicily were struck with panic after three quakes rattled Etna within 5 minutes.

Etna volcano only sits 18 miles from the coastal town. Its southern slopes were rocked by three shallow tremors – depths between zero and two km – in the early morning hours of March 8, 2018.

The strongest quake was a M3.3 and struck around 9.50am local time just over 4 miles north of Ragalna, a small commune southeast of Palermo.

Just a minute prior to it, in the same area, a magnitude 2.8 tremor was detected just before a M2.5 quake was felt across the region.

Mount Etna is a classic example of a stratovolcano towering over the eastern part of Sicily at a height of 3,350m and is one of the volcanoes with the longest historic records of eruptions, going back more than 2000 years.