NASA image released 12 Aug 2011.
Sicily's Mount Etna is again erupting and spewing ash and lava. On August 12, 2011 at 09:40 UTC (5:40 a.m. EDT), NASA's Terra satellite flew overhead and captured this image of the ash plume blowing in a south-southeasterly direction into the Ionian Sea. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies onboard NASA's Terra satellite captured this image.
Mount Etna is located on the east coast of Sicily and is an active stratovolcano. A "Stratovolcano" is a tall, cone-shaped volcano that was built up with many layers of hardened lava, pumice and volcanic ash.
According to AGI News, the eruptions were occurring at the base of the pit-crater, and similar eruptions have occurred frequently over the last few weeks.
Credit: NASA Goddard/MODIS Rapid Response Team; Text: NASA Goddard/Rob Gutro
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