1st March 2017

For the first time this year, Mount Etna has erupted.

The bright orange lava and ash cloud can be seen spewing from the nearby town of Taormina and Catania city. Though the volcanic ash clouds may cause flight disruptions, but the eruption poses no danger to the nearby towns, officials confirmed. The last major eruption occurred back in 1992, which endangered the town of Zafferana, but eventually contained the lava by dropping huge concrete blocks.

The Meteorological Observatory in Nunziata said: "You can clearly see the lava fountains, although currently modest, as it escapes from the crater in the southeast."


Mount Etna is Europe’s largest active volcano that peaks at 3,330m high and known to hold the longest record of continuous eruption.


Hall Cross Academy on their geography trip to Mount Etna, Sicily



Adaptable Travel organises school trips to Sicily to allow your group to truly explore Europe’s most active volcanic region, with a real live case study for volcanology, plate tectonics, natural hazards and tourism. The eruption of Etna is completely safe and well managed by the authorities, and as such your group may even be able to walk the crater rim in times where it is less active, as some of our groups have previously. Experiences such as this will live with your students for a lifetime and will inspire many to take up further studies in the Geography and science arenas. Why not get your quote today and start planning your school trip to Sicily for your group of budding geographers?



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