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Jordan Pyle, Editor

Mount Etna, which is in Sicily, Italy, is Europe’s largest and most active volcano. The volcano erupts every so often and usually lasts only days or weeks at a time. This time around, Mount Etna erupted on February 16 and sent lava rolling towards Bove Valley on the southeastern side of the mountain, which is luckily uninhabited.

This instance of activity has continued since the initial eruption and continues to light up the Sicilian sky in shades of orange and red. Volcanologists who work at the Etna Observatory say there is no way to know how long this round of activity will last.

Etna’s recent activity has been going on since September 2019, but has reportedly become stronger in recent months. The volcano’s activity has, in the past, caused the airport in Catania—a city in Sicily—to close as a result of ash in the sky. The airport had to close down briefly at the start of the eruption, but is now back open. However, when the volcano has calmed down and stops throwing ash, passengers and pilots can catch an extraordinary blazing view.

Stunning views are not the only things Mount Etna has to offer the people of Sicily. The location of the town in relation to the volcano means that there usually is not much threat to the people who live there. Instead of posing a major threat, the lava from the volcano leaves fertile farm lands. In fact, some of Sicily’s most popular wines are made from grapes grown on the slopes of the volcano. The volcano is also a major tourist attraction in Sicily.

Despite past fatal activity, the volcano has been characterized in the modern era by its “low-energy explosive eruptions and lava flows,” according to AP News. This most recent stream of eruptions is an ongoing geological event that has yet to harm any citizens.