This video shows the Italian town of Giardini Naxos, Sicily, being showered with black rain from volcanic ash after Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, erupted earlier this month.
Natural World News reports,“Mount Etna erupted again over the weekend, spewing glowing “lava bombs” that dazzled like fireworks in the night sky, but posed no risk to the villages dotting the Italian mountainside.” Even though the eruption did not cause much damage, it would be terrifying for the residents of the town to see volcanic residue coming down on them.
Giardini Naxos is covered in inches of black ash and residents had to use umbrellas to shield themselves from chunks of ash up to u2cm in size.
Mt Etna - Europe's tallest and most active volcano - has erupted several times this year, but its last major eruption was in 1992.
Located in Sicily, it ranks among the likes of Mount St Helens(USA), Mount Vesuvius (also in Italy),Popocatépetl (Mexico) and Mt. Nyiragongo (republic of Congo) as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world.
There are towns and villages surrounding the mountain, including Catania. In the past, Italian authorities have used explosives, concrete dams, and ditches to divert lava flows away from these settlements.