The latest explosion, which occurred overnight between 23 and 24 March, lasted twice as long as usual and happened after a brief four-day hiatus.
Located on the east coast of Sicily, Mount Etna is the highest and most active volcano in Europe. Its last major eruption was back in July 2001, but it sees fairly regular Strombolian activity most years.
Recently, the volcano has been more active than average, with 16 eruptions over the past five weeks.
Mount Etna on average sees around 200 eruptions per year, a number which has increased in recent decades.
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The volcano is raining huge amounts of ash and debris on nearby villages.
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March 26, 2021 at 10:34AM