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What are the advantages of living near Mount Etna?

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There are several advantages to living near Mt. Etna, Sicily, including fertile soil, warm weather, beaches, wine and food, according to Sicily Travel Portal. The history of Catania, just 16 miles from the volcano, goes back to 750 B.C. The tourist industry is vibrant as hundreds of thousands of people visit Europe's largest volcano each year, sometimes to enjoy the ski slopes when there is snow.

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Years of volcanic eruptions left behind layers of fertile soil that helps grow citrus fruit, grapes and vegetables. The BBC reports one farmer grew asparagus on the slopes of Mt. Etna during the volcano's activity in early 2000. Fruits are thoroughly cleaned before consumption or juicing so consumers don't ingest any volcanic ash. After one 3-month eruption of Mt. Etna, as much as 75 percent of crops in the immediate vicinity of the volcano were lost.

The island of Sicily is home to approximately 5 million people and features abundant shopping and food, plus quality transportation and healthcare. Businesses that cater to tourists and sightseers in the volcano's vicinity make a good living. Winters are relatively warm, with temperatures averaging 55 F during the rainy season. Coastal areas have housing built especially for retirees who live on the island, as life close to the volcano is more relaxed.

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    What happened when Mount Etna erupted?

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    Noxious fumes and tremendous amounts of ash and molten lava spewed from Mount Etna in 1669 and killed more than 20,000 Sicilians. Just prior to this eruption, an associated earthquake killed an additional 15,000 people.

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    What caused Mount Etna to erupt?

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    Mount Etna erupts and is active because it lies on the subduction fault boundary between the African and Eurasian tectonic plates as well as the fault between the African and the Ionian microplate. The Ionian plate is tilted backward, allowing space for mantle magma to well up to the surface.

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    What damage did Mount Etna cause?

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    Mount Etna has destroyed numerous towns since its first recorded eruption in 122 B.C., including the towns of Nicoli, Catania and Zafferana. In addition to destroying towns, the volcano has caused thousands of fatalities and caused environmental damage to farmland and the environment.

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    How many times has Mount Etna erupted?

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    Mount Etna has erupted over 200 times since its first noted eruption in 1500 B.C. Mount Etna is the largest and most active volcano in Europe.

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