Mount Aetna, the most active volcano in Europe, is living up to its reputation. Over just two weeks, the mountain has erupted seven times. Nearby people in the town of Zafferana Etnea have been blowing ash off roadways and dodging chunks of volcanic rock falling to earth.
It seems to be a time for eruptions and volcanic activity: There have been similar events in Guatemala, Indonesia, Iceland, and the Philippines.
At least, this appears to be the expected time of year for eruptions.
We’re Back In Business
Over the last year, many businesses had to close because of the virus. Now, many states are letting businesses reopen.
Thirteen states have reopened most businesses. Some have also changed rules so people don’t have to wear masks. These include Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas.
Not all states are ready to open, though. The states keeping schools closed while they consider their options include California, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado.
Yikes! No Computer Chips. Now What?
Experts say that the shortage will probably last all year, at least. The shortage of auto chips has disrupted car manufacturing, and Ford, Nissan, and Toyota have cut down on how many vehicles they make.
The shortage is caused by factories closing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, President Joe Biden is working to get more chips made, but shortages are expected to slow down car factories for the rest of the year.