EUSI Revealed Satellite Images Of The Latest Etna Volcano Eruption

8th Jul 2024
EUSI Revealed Satellite Images Of The Latest Etna Volcano Eruption

On July 4th, the Etna volcano on the Italian island of Sicily erupted after a four-year silence. European Space Imaging (EUSI) obtained high-resolution imagery of Mt. Etna’s Voragine crater using Maxar’s WorldView-2 satellite.

The 50 cm resolution images depict smoke rising through clouds and lava streaming out from the crater.

Etna eruption
Credit: EUSI
Etna eruption
Credit: EUSI

Later, on the evening of Saturday, July 6th, the Etna volcano spewed a 5-kilometer column of lava and ashes. Fortunately, as a result of the eruption, no one was injured, and there was no significant destruction.

As ANSA reported, ashes from the eruption scattered over nearby Catania, but unlike recent eruptions, the airspace of the eastern Sicilian city’s airport remained open.

The Etna volcano
The Etna volcano eruption. Credit: ANSA

Previous Eruption Of The Etna Volcano

Etna, a 3,330-meter-high volcano, is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. It can erupt several times a year, spewing lava and ash high above the Mediterranean island. The last major eruption occurred in 1992.

According to the INGV Institute of Volcanology, this was the latest “paroxysm” in a new phase of Etna’s volcanic activity that began last year. INGV recently said it had found the “heart” of the volcano fueling its activity and “the energy inside the volcano is increasing”.

The volcano has been active in recent days, lighting up the sky near the city of Catania.

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