Mt Etna erupts in glorious fashion

Mt. Etna, a really neat volcano located on Italy’s southernmost island Sicily (the football the boot is kicking), went through what they call a “paroxysm” a few day ago. Below is the video, and if you like that kind of thing, it’s pretty. Etna has erupted fairly often over the last 20-something years, but most of the time, the eruptions are relatively tame.

And then you have what you see below. 1999, 2006 and twice in 2011, Etna erupted like you see. The difference is here, Etna waited for a weather front to move through and started erupting with force at night, and then into daytime. Add to that the wonderous thick layer of snow and you have a nice bonus. When the hot rocks meet the cold snow bank, massive plumes of steam rise up, and you have what are called pyroclastic flows of ash and steam caught on video.

The only reason for audio is to listen to the oohs and ahhs of the Italians making this movie. There’s a very nice “Mama, Mia!” about two thirds of the way through.

If you’re watching this on a big monitor, don’t forget to hit the HD button, as this vid is available in glorious 1080p goodness.

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