Saturday, November 25, 2006

FUOCO DELL'ETNA

Etna has been extremely angry lately and you can see pictures of yesterday's volcanic activity here. Yesterday the airport at Catania had to be closed because the pilots would not have been able to see through the cloud of black ash. It reopened this morning but may have to close again this evening. When you fly in to Fontanarossa from Britain, you usually get a clear view of the volcano and I still think it's a stunning sight as you come out of the airport, as it looks as if it is right on top of you. Last night there was seismic activity in the sea off Catania, Siracusa, Lampedusa and as near as Ragusa. I haven't yet found any black ash on the balcony rails, though friends here say it does, very occasionally, happen. [Catania is about 2 hours from Modica.]

5 comments:

Ballpoint Wren said...

Wow!

When Mt. Saint Helens blew, my mom was living in the panhandle of Idaho. Her pictures show her house and lawn covered with ash. All the cars in the area had trouble because their air filters clogged with ash.

Steve said...

Hope you don't get the ask. That could be messy.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Buona sera, Bonnie. Gosh, that is really scarey!
Steve, no ash so far!

Ellee said...

Do you have a place of safety go to if the worst should happen?

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Buona sera, Ellee. Etna's still at it today but according to the newspapers there is no danger to life or property as yet. I hope they're right. Even when something does happen, the villagers rebuild their homes on the volcano's slopes. People here have lived with the danger of seismic activity all their lives and are philosophical about it. Here in the Sorda district I am quite high up. There are emergency plans in place to evacuate the town should there be a bad earthquake but I don't know where to. The main worry is increased risk because of climate change. I wouldn't go anywhere without Simone!

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