Mount Etna Erupts

Mount Etna erupts .

The 700,000-year-old volcano is a huge 24 miles wide and is virtually active constantly. Each year, it produces enough lava to fill a 108-story skyscrapers, spewing tonnes of molten rock across the island of Sicily. It is pictured here erupting in the early hours of this morning

The temperature inside the mountain is believed to be 1,000C, or 1,832 degrees Fahrenheit. Though largely dormant for the last two years, eruptions can last days and even weeks.

Etna also produces around 7 million tonnes of steam, carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide every year. The sight of it erupting can be seen for miles around. It is located on the east coast of Sicily which is home to more than five million people - making it one of the most densely populated islands in the Mediterranean

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