Etna’s flaming eruptions seen from space (satellite photos)

Etna's flaming eruptions seen from space (satellite photos)

Mount Etna erupts, seen from space on February 18, 2021 (Image credit: Landsat data from the US Geological Survey)

mount Etna has been spitting lava across Sicily for weeks in a series of eruptions captured by a multitude of satellites orbiting Earth.

Etna, the most active volcano in all of Europe, has erupted since 2011. The last series began on February 16. The volcano erupted that day, again on February 18, and then again between February 20 and 23. During these eruptions, lava fountains spouted high into the night sky, reaching 0.7 miles high earlier in the month and reaching 1.5 miles above the volcano’s summit later in the month.

These most recent eruptions “were among the most violent in the young history of the south-eastern crater”, Marco Neri, volcanologist at the Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, said in a statement from NASA.

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Earth observation satellites were keen to verify the smoke, ash and lava projected by the volcano. On February 18, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) of the NASA-US Geological Survey Landsat 8 satellite captured a natural color view of…

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