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Mt. Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, is a formidable threat for the city of Catania and the surrounding region, with about 1 million inhabitants and important infrastructures, e.g., the Catania International Airport, one of the busiest in Italy. A clear example of the effects of the continuous risk in this area is the cumulative economic loss due to volcanic ash clouds, which amounted to 10-20 M€ in the last 10 years. Even though at Etna, eruptions generally develop in such a way as to permit timely evacuation, some events are known to have escalated extremely rapidly (e.g., the 1981 flank eruption), rendering a coordinated response difficult.

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Mount Etna erupting © INGV
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