Mount Etna Flares Up Again: The Volcano’s Awesome Beauty Revealed Through the Years (Day & Night Photos)

 
on March 19 2012 9:38 AM
  • Mount Etna's Eruption in 1998
    Mount Etna spurts lava into the Sicilian night sky next to a full moon late Jan.13, 1998. REUTERS
  • Mount Etna's Eruption in 2001
    Mount Etna, Europe's highest and most active volcano, spews out fresh lava and smoke late Aug. 2, 2001. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
  • Mount Etna's Eruption in 2002
    Lava and smoke rises from Mount Etna on the southern Italian island of Sicily on Nov. 23, 2002. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
  • Mount Etna's Eruption in 2004
    Lava and smoke rise from Mount Etna on the southern Italian island of Sicily during the early hours of Sept. 14, 2004. REUTERS
  • Mount Etna's Eruption in 2005
    Lava and smoke rises from Mount Etna on the southern Italian island of Sicily on March 1, 2005. REUTERS
  • Mount Etna's Eruption in 2006
    Mount Etna spews lava on the southern Italian island of Sicily in the early hours of July 17, 2006. REUTERS
  • Mount Etna's Eruption in 2011
    The cathedral of Zafferana Etnea is seen as Mount Etna spews lava on the southern Italian island of Sicily Aug. 6, 2011. REUTERS
  • Mount Etna's Eruption in February 2012
    Mount Etna spews lava on the southern Italian island of Sicily Feb. 9, 2012. REUTERS
  • Mount Etna's March 18, 2012 Eruption
    People take pictures of Mount Etna as it spews lava on the southern Italian island of Sicily March 18, 2012. REUTERS
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The Mount Etna, the highest and most active volcano in Europe at 3,295 meters (10,810 feet), spewed lava on the southern Italian island of Sicily during its latest eruption Sunday.

Ever since its first eruption several million years ago, the Mount Etna has been erupting most frequently.

The latest eruption on March 18 is its fourth eruption this year which spewed ash plumes as high as seven kilometers. The Mount Etna previously erupted on March 4, Jan. 5 and Feb. 9.

While no threat to nearby habitat and air travel is reported, here's a slideshow presenting some of the photos of eruptions of the Mouth Etna over the years.

Click on Start to view the spectacular images of lava and ash plumes.

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