Mount Etna: Photos of the Largest Active Volcano in Europe
Mount Etna, located on the island of Sicily, is the largest active volcano in Italy. Mount Etna also holds the title as the volcano with the longest record of continuous eruption. Check out these incredible images of Mount Etna and its many fiery eruptions.
There she blows!
Mount Etna is located near the east coast of the island of Sicily. Residents there are no stranger to the volcano's explosive activity; Mount Etna can rumble to life several times a year.
The volcano is almost constantly belching gas or lava. Smaller eruptions occur several times each year, but the volcano's last major eruption occurred in 1992.
Cloud of ash
The famously active volcano is 10,900 feet (3,329 meters) tall, making it the tallest volcano in Europe. In 2013, Mount Etna was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Short, violent bursts
Mount Etna was described in The Aeneid, a Latin epic poem written by the Roman poet Virgil. The volcano has a longer written record of eruptions than any other volcano on Earth.
Mount Etna's last major eruption was in 1992. After that explosive event, the town of Zafferana was threatened by lava flow.
Fountains of lava
Mount Etna has been active for at least half a million years, and there is a longer record of its activity than any other volcano on Earth.
View from space
Authorities monitor Mount Etna's activity closely, and eruptions and the resulting ash clouds can sometimes affect nearby towns and resorts.
Calm before the storm
Mount Etna is 10,900 feet (3,329 meters) tall and has a base circumference of about 93 miles (150 kilometers).
Mount Etna's eruptions produce enough lava each year to fill Chicago's Willis Tower (the former Sears Tower), according to a 2012 study.
Though Mount Etna is almost constantly active, the volcano's last major eruption was in 1992. Geoscientists are still trying to figure out why Mount Etna is so active and erupts in so many different ways.
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