Why are “giant fountains of lava” suddenly pouring out of some of the most dangerous volcanoes on the entire planet, and why are so many long dormant volcanoes suddenly roaring back to life? The spectacular eruption of Mt. Etna in Italy is making headlines all over the world, but it is far from alone.
According to Volcano Discovery, 35 major volcanoes are either erupting right now or have just recently erupted, and dozens of others are stirring. So what is causing this upsurge in volcanic activity? Is something strange happening inside the earth?
According to the USGS, magma is “molten rock underground”, and lava is molten rock “that breaks through the earth’s surface.” Right now, something is pushing magma up through the crust of the earth at a number of key spots around the planet. On the island of Sicily, the “giant fountains of lava” that are coming out of Mt. Etna can be seen 30 kilometers away:
Giant fountains of lava could be seen sprouting from the volcano, located on the isle of Sicily, as far away as Catania, around 30 kilometers away, and the resort town of Taormina.
The Meteorological Observatory in Nunziata said: “You can clearly see the lava fountains, although currently modest, as it escapes from the crater in the southeast.”
An orange air alert has been issued, meaning that airspace will remain open but authorities will continue to monitor the situation.
On the other side of the world, a constant stream of molten rock has been springing out of Guatemala’s “Volcano of Fire” since Feb. 25:
Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire erupted Saturday (Feb 25), spewing lava and sending up plumes of ash that rained down on nearby communities and could eventually reach the capital, civil protection authorities said.
The Volcan de Fuego, one of the country’s three active volcanoes, is located about 45 km. southwest of the capital, Guatemala City. It was the volcano’s second eruption this year.
And in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, a “firehose of lava” has been pouring out of the Kilauea Volcano since Dec. 31.
Meanwhile, a number of large volcanoes that have been dormant for a very long time all over the world have started springing back to life.
For instance, the only active volcano in India has suddenly started “spewing lava and ash” after being silent for 150 years.