Etna erupts with a fury ‘rarely seen for decades’: Volcano continues its recent spectacular displays as image shows how its deadly rivers of lava look from space

  • Europe’s most active volcano erupted late on Monday and continued into the early hours of Tuesday morning
  • A satellite image taken earlier in the week and released by the European Space Agency showed what Etna’s deadly lava flows look like from space, streaking down the side of the towering 3,329m tall mountain
  • Some said Monday’s eruption was the most powerful during its recent burst of activity over the last week
  • One volcanologist said that an eruption of its kind had not been seen for decades at Mount Etna
  • Dramatic photos show the blast from Mount Etna lighting up the sky behind the nearby city of Catania
  • No injuries or fatalities have been reported but a nearby airport was forced to close temporarily this weekMount Etna continued its spectacular eruptions on Monday into Tuesday with jets of lava reaching a thousand meters into the air.

    The eruptions have awed even seasoned volcanologists in recent days with spurts of lava lighting up the Sicilian sky each night.

    Some said Monday’s eruption – that continued into the early hours of Tuesday – was the most powerful during its recent burst of activity, with one expert saying an eruption of its kind had not been seen for decades at Etna.

    The latest eruption overnight by Europe’s most active volcano petered out on Tuesday morning, according to Italy’s National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology.

    It comes as a satellite image was released showing what its deadly rivers of lava look like from space. 

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