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Mount Etna is on the move

Joanne Parkinson

24th March 2018

Scientists studying Mount Etna; Europe's most active volcano, have evidence that the volcano is moving towards the sea.

Measurements of the changes in shape and position of Mount Etna over 11 years have shown that on average it is moving 14mm per year in an east- south east direction towards the coastal town of Giarre.

Whilst the movement is small, even over a long time span, the concern is that the rate of movement could increase as the reason for the movement is currently only partially understood.  The volcano sits on a shallow gradient which will be causing the movement but it is also thought that it must be sitting on sediments which are weak and allowing the movement too.  Check out the report on this event...

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