Depite the eruptions and earthquakes coming from Mount Etna being observably less powerful since the last major 4.8 quake on Boxing Day, this might be just the beginning.
According to a Volcano information and monitoring website, there is a decreasing trend in activity since the 26th. That being said, the volcano “is far from quiet” and there are several indicators pointing towards more activity in the uncertain future.
The last massive eruption drained a negligible amount of magma, with the flow still standing high in the volcano leading to the large clouds billowing out as seen in the photos by Newsbook.com.mt‘s photographer in Sicily.
The Director of the National Institute of Geology and Volcanology, Eugenio Priviera, told the Sicilian newspaper CataniaToday that there could be new avenues for eruptions at lower altitudes. Although there can be no telling if there is reason to worry just yet, Priviera said that the Fiandaca fault has been activated, also announcing that “ground deformation monitoring is being intensified in the area.”