- Title: ITALY: CONCERN MOUNTS OVER ETNA ERUPTION.
- Date: 28th July 2001
- Summary: (W5)SLOPES OF MOUNT ETNA, SICILY, ITALY (JULY 28, 2001) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. LV/GV: WHITE CLOUDS OF ASH RISING FROM WIDENING FISSURE WITH PAN TO PREVIOUS LAVA FLOW/ BLACK ASH AND STONES EXPLODING OUT OF FISSURE/ ASH RISING FROM OTHER FISSURES ON VOLCANO (5 SHOTS) 0.42 2. MV:(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) ALPINE GUIDE AND MOUNT ETNA EXPERT, ORAZIO DI STEFANO, SAYING: "This could signify a reopening and widening of the fissure which would exude a large amount of magma - this is worrying us." 0.55 3. LV: ASH RISING FROM FISSURE METRES AWAY FROM SAPIENZA REFUGE 0.59 4. GV/MV: BULLDOZERS WORKING TO CONSTRUCT EARTHERN BARRICADES (3 SHOTS) 1.14 5. GV/MV: DESERTED SOUVENIR SHOP IN SAPIENZA REFUGE COMPLEX/ OWNERS OF SOUVENIR SHOP SITTING OUTSIDE CLOSED STORE (3 SHOTS) 1.27 6. GV/SV: ITALIAN TOURISTS LOOKING AT VOLCANO THROUGH BINOCULARS/ (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) ITALIAN TOURIST FREDERICA SAYING: "It's beautiful - you can clearly see the crater." (3 SHOTS) 1.39 7. LV/GV: ASH RISING FROM VOLCANO (5 SHOTS) 2.19 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 12th August 2001 13:00
- Location: SLOPES OF MOUNT ETNA, SICILY, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Reuters ID: LVABI9RMPZQFSCO1HG8FDKHYCPGZ
- Story Text: Vulcanologists monitoring Mount Etna said on Saturday
they were becoming more concerned with the volcano's activity
as one of the fissures widened, expelling huge amounts of
black ash and debris one kilometre into the sky.
So much ash was being expelled by Mount Etna on
Saturday (July 28) that officials closed the airport of
Catania some 40 kilometres away, in order to clear the
volcanic debris from the runway.
Powerful explosions were heard on the slopes of the
volcano followed by massive exhalations of black ash and
Vulcanologists said the exhalations were a sign that one
of the fissures on the volcano was widening.
"This could signify a reopening and widening of the
fissure which would exude a large amount of magma - this is
worrying us," said alpine guide and Mount Etna expert, Orazio
The widening fissure is only metres above the Sapienza
refuge, a group of buildings that serves as a departure point
for excursions, which was miraculously saved from being
swallowed up by a lava flow two days ago.
Bulldozers and cranes are working around the clock to
build earthen barricades in an effort to divert the expected
flow of lava away from the refuge and other buildings housing
restaurants and souvenir shops.
"It's beautiful," said Italian tourist Frederica who had
come to watch the latest display.
"You can clearly see the crater," she added.
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