Etna Volcano Erupts in Fiery Show of Lava in Eastern Sicily

This is Mount Etna's first eruption this year as it has been mostly dormant in the last couple of years although small eruptions occur every few months.

Mount Etna, the highest volcano in continental Europe, has been largely free of eruptions over the past two years.

Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy continues erupting on Wednesday with fountains of lava.

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Despite being visible from as far away as Catania and Taormina, experts say this latest eruption is not unsafe.

The activity was captured by a drone camera on Tuesday (February 28) with footage showing streams of lava running down the volcano into the snow. A team flew helicopters over Etna and dropped concrete blocks at the edge of the lava tunnel to plug the hole. The fiery explosion could be seen in the nearby town of Catania, though the local airport remained open and is operating as usual today, reported the Associated Press (AP). A drone filmed the volcanic activity and displaying the boiling lava sliding down the snow-ridden volcano. This Sicilian landmark boasts one of the world's longest documented records of historical eruptions, dating back to at least 1,500 B.C.E.

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