Etna is back in eruption. Two sub-terminal fractures opened at the base of the South-East crater and on the north-eastern flank of the New South-East crater.

Smoke billows from Mount Etna volcano, the largest of Italy's three active volcanoes, as seen from Nicolosi, a village near the Sicilian town of Catania, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (ANSA/AP Photo/Salvatore Allegra)

Two lava flows emerge at the moment in the summit area of the highest active volcano in Europe. The tremor of the internal magmatic ducts has reached medium-high values and is currently decreasing.

The phenomenon is accompanied by a Strombolian activity from the main craters, which however does not impact the Catania airport, which is fully operational.

“We are starting a new eruptive phase of Etna – explains the director of Catania Catania, Eugenio Privitera – which could end soon or last months. The phenomena are all confined to the summit area of the volcano and do not constitute a danger to inhabited centers and people, but it will be necessary to control the flow of tourists in the area for their safety”.