TRENDING Mount Etna lights sky with bursts of lava

TRENDING

Mount Etna lights sky with bursts of lava

VCG

22:04, June 02, 2019

Europe's highest active volcano, Mount Etna, lit up the night sky with bursts of hot lava on Saturday (June 1), as it continued a series of recent eruptions.

The overnight eruptions led to rivers of red lava streaming down the south-eastern slope in an explosion of colours.

The 3,330-metre-high volcano can burst into spectacular action several times a year, spewing lava and ash high over the Mediterranean island.

Mount Etna is believed to have the longest written record of eruptions than any other volcano, with its first recorded observation going back to 425 B.C.Etna, which is located above the Sicilian town of Catania, often erupts but rarely causes damage.

The last time lava flows endangered nearby villages was in 1992, when the town of Zafferana Etnea was in danger of being overrun. The flows stopped only 850 metres (2788 feet) away from the town.

(Video source: Reuters via VCG)

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