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Etna's message in the sky, 10 April 2010

The paroxysm at Etna's Southeast Crater (i.e., the new crater on the east side of the flank of the Southeast Crater cone) on 10 April 2011 produced a conspicuous column of ash and gas, which rose several kilometers into the clear blue Sunday sky and then drifted southeastward driven by the wind, discharging its load of volcanic ash over population centers such as Zafferana, Acireale, and also my home village Trecastagni. This is the view from the northeast flank of Etna, near the Rifugio (mountain hut) Citelli, which is surrounded by a magnificent birch tree forest, the single birch trees to occur in southern Italy. Photo taken shortly before 13:00 local time (=GMT +2).

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Taken on April 10, 2011