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Ash plume from Mt. Etna
July 30, 2001
In Sicily, Mt. Etna continues to erupt. NASA’s Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite captured this true-color image of the volcano on July 22, 2001. The eruption has opened five vents in the mountain, and is releasing a cloud of ash that can be seen stretching southeastward over the Mediterranean Sea. The current eruption includes an explosive fissure along the south flank of the mountain, and lava is creeping its way toward the town of Nicolosi. Because of the favorable climate and fertile soils, local citizens have a long history of living with the volcano and continue to farm on its flanks and in its shadow. In the past, they have used earthen barriers to direct lava flows away from some towns, even going so far as to detonate explosions in the hopes of creating new channels through which the lava could flow.
image: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team/NASA

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