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Europe's most active volcano is back with a bang

Mount Etna began eruption again on the island of Sicily last Monday.

Source: AFP news agency/YouTube

EUROPE’S MOST ACTIVE volcano Mount Etna has begun spewing lava and ash once more on the Italian island of Sicily.

There’s almost constantly some kind of seismic activity at the 3,350 m high volcano but the mountain entered a new period of activity last Saturday which intensified until Monday according to Volcano Discovery.

An ash plume is rising about 100m over the volcano which sits on the east of the island of Sicily and towers over the coastal city of Catania.

The first volcanic activity at Etna is believed to have occurred about half a million years ago and the site has been a volcanic hotspot continuously.

Etna’s last major eruption happened last December when lava flows lit up the night sky and caused travel disruption with the closure of Catania airport.

A photo taken earlier today by astronaut Reid Wiseman from the International Space Station shows Etna erupting with along with Mount Stromboli, a volcanic island north of Sciliy which is also spewing ash into the air above the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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