BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: World: Europe
Front Page 
World 
Africa 
Americas 
Asia-Pacific 
Europe 
Middle East 
South Asia 
-------------
From Our Own Correspondent 
-------------
Letter From America 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 



The BBC's Jane Bennett Powell
"The authorities have now enlisted mechanical help"
 real 56k

Monday, 23 July, 2001, 15:07 GMT 16:07 UK
In pictures: Etna in action
The Italian Government has declared a state of emergency in eastern Sicily as Europe's largest active volcano, Mount Etna, continues its dramatic eruption.

Civil defence teams are working to keep the lava from reaching towns on the slopes of the volcano but it has already cut roads and destroyed ski lifts.

Volcanologist on Mount Etna
A volcanologist watches the intense activity at Mount Etna as the flow creeps nearer to the village of Nicolosi

Bulldozers dig trenches
Civil defence authorities deploy bulldozers to dig protective trenches against the approaching lava

Lava flow above the night lights of Catania
Overnight, lava poured down the slopes of Etna, as the lights of Catania glittered below

Catania sunbathers
And in the day, sunbathers at Catania are forced off the beach by ash

Electricity pylon illuminated by lava glow
The lava created dramatic light effects as it crept onwards

Lava flow snaking down the mountain
Its lowest edge is advancing at five metres per hour

Smoking hole spewing lava
Five new holes have opened in the side of the volcano

Etna eruption
The eruption spews rocks and red-hot ash into the air

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
See also:

19 Jul 01 | Europe
In pictures: Etna erupts
31 Mar 00 | Sci/Tech
Etna hoops it up
15 Mar 00 | Europe
Living with a volcano
01 Apr 00 | Sci/Tech
Why volcanoes explode
19 Feb 99 | Sci/Tech
Volcano teaches deadly lessons
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Europe stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Europe stories