Mount Etna, on the Italian island of Sicily, is not only the highest active volcano in Europe at 10,810 feet (3,295 meters), but is one of the most active in the world. Historical observations of Etna’s eruptions go back as far as 3,500 years, with geological observations reaching back hundreds of thousands of years. While recent eruptions have rarely caused serious damage to the farms or villages in the shadow of the volcano, locals remain alert to any activity.
Mount Etna has burst into life for the third time in just under three weeks, spitting molten lava nearly 200 metres (650 feet) into the sky above Sicily.
This latest phase of activity at Europe’s highest volcano follows the first eruption in more than a year at the end of February.
The eruption came from a relatively new crater on the southeastern side of the 3,000-metre peak.
Up to 10 people have been injured in an eruption on Mount Etna in Sicily, one of Europe’s most dangerous volcanoes.
A BBC film crew was caught up in the eruption, with global science correspondent Rebecca Morelle describing their terror in a series of tweets.