Mount Etna Spraying Lava Into the Sky (Video)

BY Epoch Video TIMEJuly 24, 2014 PRINT

Mount Etna erupts, spewing molten lava into the night sky. The activity was concentrated in two mouths, the most southern of which produced “strombolian” explosions – lava bombs, flaming cinders, and rocks shooting at altitudes of tens to hundreds of meters into the air.

Etna is an active stratovolcano located on the east coast of Sicily. It is tallest active volcano in Europe with hight 3,329 m (10,922 ft).

Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity.

The nutritious volcanic soils is used in agriculture across the lower slopes of the mountain and the broad Plain of Catania to the south.

History of volcanic activity of Mount Etna comes down to half a million years ago and took place beneath the sea off the ancient coastline of Sicily.

Current eruptions of Etna follow a variety of patterns. Most occur at the summit where are five distinct craters—the Northeast Crater, the Voragine, the Bocca Nuova, and the Southeast Crater Complex.

Etna is one of the most visited attractions in Sicily.

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