Before 2001, Etna’s eruptions were recorded at a frequency of about one every two years. Since then, Etna has erupted at least once a year. The eruption occurring now is relatively harmless, but future eruptions have the potential to be destructive. A 2013 study by the journal Nature found that, depending on the position and intensity of paroxysms, significant socioeconomic damage could occur in the region.
Spectacular Footage Shows Fiery Mt. Etna Eruption – National Geographic