Volcano-triggered earthquake in Sicily

The recent eruption of Etna in Sicily, caused an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.8 early Wednesday morning. The earthquake left 10 injured and forced villagers to flee their homes.

The Italian Civil Protection reports that the earthquake occurred at 3:19 am Wednesday morning and that the epicenter was near the city of Catania, in eastern Sicily, at a depth of one kilometer. The shaking was part of a swarm of some 1000 shocks, most imperceptible, related to the eruption of Etna this week.

The earthquake struck northern Catania, the largest city in the easternmost part of the Mediterranean island. Houses were damaged by the tremor that also created a fault in a highway. The latter was closed for inspection.

A statue of the virgin was also overthrown in a church in the locality of Santa Venerina.

As one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Etna has frequently erupted over the past 70 years. The last eruption of the largest and most voluminous Italian volcano occurred last Friday.

Ashes, thick smoke and lava rock were thrown into the atmosphere and covered the roads and nearby houses. A new fracture has opened in the southeast crater and lava flows along an uninhabited slope.

Etna, the largest of Italy’s three active volcanoes, has been particularly active since last July.

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Clint Hill

Clint Hill

Clint Hill was born and raised near the pine barrens in New Jersey. As a journalist, Clint has contributed to many online publications including The Street and Engaget. In regards to academics, Clint earned a degree in business from Rutgers University. Clint covers economy stories here at slap Coffee.

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