Mount Etna’s fiery eruptions seen from space (satellite photos)

Mount Etna erupts, as seen from space on Feb. 18, 2021.  (Image credit: Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey)

Mount Etna has been spewing lava across Sicily for weeks during a series of eruptions captured by a slew of Earth-orbiting satellites.

Etna, the most active volcano in all of Europe, has been in a state of eruption since 2011. The latest series began on Feb. 16. The volcano erupted that day, again on Feb. 18 and then again between Feb. 20 and 23. During these eruptions, fountains of lava shot high into the night sky, reaching 0.4 miles (0.7 kilometers) high earlier in the month and getting 0.9 miles (1.5 km) over the volcano’s summit later in the month.

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