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Ash Plume from Mount Etna, Italy – October 16th, 2011

37.7N 14.9E

October 16th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Italy - October 13th, 2011

A plume of ash can be seen spewing from Mount Etna and blowing towards the southeast. Mount Etna is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, close to Messina and Catania.

It is the tallest active volcano in Europe, currently standing 3,329 metres (10,922 ft) high, though this varies with summit eruptions; the mountain is 21 m (69 ft) higher than it was in 1981. It is the highest mountain in Italy south of the Alps. Etna covers an area of 1,190 kmĀ² (460 sq mi) with a basal circumference of 140 km. This makes it by far the largest of the three active volcanoes in Italy.

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