Etna’s spectacular volcano eruption 19 Feb 2013

Another eruption of Etna volcano started on Tuesday Feb 19, 2013 from the SE crater. Volcano eruption of Etna happened with 4 paroxysms so far, with lava fountains, lava flows and tall ash plumes.


Mount Etna is an active volcano on the island of Sicily. The volcanic activity of the area is a result of the convergence of the African Plate and the Eurasian Plate.  Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanos on Earth.  Numerous volcano eruptions of Etna have taken place in historical and recent years.

During historical years is reported that in 396 BC the volcano eruption of Etna prevented the Carthaginians to advance on Syracuse. One of Etna’s most destructive eruptions took place on 11 March 1669. In recent history the 1928 volcano eruption led to the destruction of village Mascali. Other major 20th – century eruptions occurred in 1949, 1971,1981, 1991, 2001, 2007 and 2011.


About Elina Apostolou

Elina Apostolou is an Engineering Geologist. She received her bachelor degree in Geology from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 2002, graduating from the Department of Dynamic, Tectonic & Applied Geology and specializing in Structural Geology and Geological Cartography. She received her master’s degree from Imperial College London in 2003, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering specializing in “Engineering Geology”. She worked as an Engineering geologist at Geodata Greece (Salonica), performing field work and composing geotechnical evaluations for various tunnel projects. For a short period of time she worked at the head office of Geodata SpA. in Turin Italy, acting as a liaison between the Greek branch and the Turin based office, considering a specific project. She worked as a geotechnical engineer – engineering geologist at General Consulting Ltd Istria for 4 years, specializing in various geotechnical engineering aspects. Her field of expertise includes geotechnical design of cut and cover tunnel portals, geotechnical evaluations of tunnels, earthworks (embankments, cuts) and structures, design of embankments and cuts, slope stability analysis, rockfall analysis and countermeasures. Meanwhile she received her second master’s degree from National Technical University of Athens in 2010, Department of Civil Engineering and Mining & Metallurgical Engineering, i.e. postgraduate award in “Design and Construction of Underground Works”.