New Eruptions at Mount Etna Are Beautiful but Not Deadly

Etna is the highest volcano in Europe at 3,330 metres and has burst into life several times each year.

Bright lava lit up the night sky on the Italian island of Sicily on Monday.

And there's no denying the timing of the latest eruption is quite something...

The volcano's eruptions have been known to last anywhere from days to weeks. Some even hike in order to get closer to the volcano's mouth, while some are lucky enough to see a volcanic eruption.

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They said: "Mt Etna is erupting today but like it very often does during the course of the year".

Giant fountains of lava can be seen shooting out of the volcano from as far away as the city of Catania, which is about 22 miles away from Etna's base. These volcanoes, which can be found from Washington (Mount Rainier) to Papua New Guinea (Ulawan), are studied closely due to their history of activity and proximity to human populations.

This Sicilian landmark also has one of the world's longest documented records of historical eruptions, dating back to at least 1,500 B.C.E.

  • Douglas Reid