Mount Etna: Incredible video of the volcano erupting for first time in two years

Timelapse video shows the moment a rare “dirty thunderstorm” broke out, creating a stunning picture over Sicily’s skyline.

Ryan Ramgobin@ryanramgobin
Friday 04 December 2015 11:46
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Incredible footage of Mt Etna erupting

Timelapse video has emerged showing the incredible moment Mount Etna erupted for the first time in two years.

The eruption caused a rare “dirty thunderstorm”, spewing ash into the Sicily skyline lit up by volcanic lightning.

Incredible video of the volcano erupting for first time in two years

The explosion took place on Thursday morning and lasted for around an hour.

The phenomenon occurs when tiny fragments of rock, ash and ice rub together to form static electricity.

Mount Etna is the tallest active volcano in Europe, measuring at 3329m high and has been exploding for an estimated 2.5 million years. The huge plume was created in the Voragine crater, which was formed in the volcano's central crater in 1945.

It is the first time in two years there has been an eruption.

Mount Etna erupts in Sicily

No injuries have been reported from the eruption.

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