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Ash Plume from Mount Etna – August 21st, 2011

37.7N 14.9E

August 21st, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Italy - August 13th, 2011

Mount Etna, a volcano on the Italian island of Sicily, has being having short, violent bursts of activity known as paroxysms throughout the year. Each paroxysm has included volcanic tremors, emissions of ash and lava flows, all concentrated around the New Southeast Crater, which is located just below the volcano’s summit.

Etna’s tenth paroxysm of 2011 occurred on August 12th, as reported by NASA. This image shows the volcano the day after the event, still releasing a white plume of gas and ash to the southeast, towards the nearby city of Catania. Like the other events, the activity began at the New Southeast Crater. This time, fountaining of lava produced the ash plume, which was estimated to have reached an altitude of 14,000 feet (4,300 meters); 2,000 feet (600 meters) above the 10,925-foot (3,330-meter) summit.

Mount Etna and Nebrodi Mountains on Sicily, Italy

37.7N 14.9E

February 9th, 2011 Category: Mountains, Volcanoes

Italy - January 16th, 2011

Mount Etna’s caldera is partially covered in snow in this winter image of the volcano, located on the Italian island of Sicily. Several old lava flows appear as grey streaks running down the volcano’s flanks.

Visible parallel to the coast, to the north of Mount Etna, are the Nebrodi Mountains, a range that runs along the north east of Sicily. Together with the Madonie and the Peloritani, they form the Sicilian Apennines. Mount Etna, separated from the mountains by the rivers Alcantara and Simeto, forms the range’s southern border.

Mount Etna, Europe’s Most Active Volcano, Spews Ash and Lava

37.7N 14.9E

January 14th, 2011 Category: Volcanoes

Mount Etna, Italy - December 11th and 14th, 2011

Mount Etna, Italy - December 11th, 2011

Mount Etna, Italy - December 11th, 2011

Mount Etna, Italy - December 14th, 2011

Mount Etna, Italy - December 14th, 2011

Italy’s Mount Etna has come back to life with a brief eruption that sent lava down its slopes and a cloud of ash into the sky, forcing the overnight closure of a nearby airport.

The volcanology institute in Catania, eastern Sicily, said Thursday that a two-hour eruption overnight sent a little stream of lava down the eastern slope of the mountain.

The volcano, Europe’s tallest and most active, erupts regularly but usually causes little damage.

Mount Etna’s last major eruption was in 1992.

Snow Atop Mount Etna and Sediments Along Coast of Sicily, Italy – January 7th, 2011

37.1N 14.7E

January 7th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Sediments, Volcanoes

Italy - December 27th, 2010

Sediments give a greenish hue to the waters along the southeastern coast of Sicily. The entire Italian island can be observed in the full image.

Despite the fact that the image was taken in winter, snow is visible only on the highest of the island’s mountain peaks, including Mount Etna (top).

Ash Plume from Mount Etna – December 7th, 2010

37.7N 14.9E

December 7th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Sediments, Volcanoes

Mount Etna, Italy - December 7th, 2010

Mount Etna, capped with snow, can be seen on the eastern end of Sicily, Italy. At the time this image was taken, winds were blowing a small ash plume due east.

The northern and southern coasts of Sicily are flanked by tan and green sediments. Part of the tip of the Calabria region and the Strait of Messina are also visible.

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