Etna Keeps Up the Pace in 2012 with Another Eruption. Italy’s Etna kept up its frenetic pace of eruptions that started in January 2011 with yet another paroxysm, its fifth of 2012. This one had an inkling that it might happen soon with signs on Friday, but the real show occurred overnight on Sunday (April 1) with an early morning eruption. This eruption followed 14 days since the last eruptive spell and lasted about 1.5 hours, producing the sorts of volcanic events we’ve come to expect from Etna: fire fountains, ash fall and lava flows. Read more here.