Etna’s February 23 paroxysm

Paroxysms are how Sicily’s Mount Etna sometimes erupts. It has been going on for some 3500 years, at least, but within the last seven days, the volcano has had two spectacular outbursts, once on February 19th and again on the 23rd, this past Saturday.

Dr. Erik Klemetti has a post up about the paroxysm on February 23.  It is far more interesting and informative than anything I could say, and it also contains a video by Dr.  Boris Behncke of INGV, as well as this image to demonstrate the height of Etna’s lava fountains Saturday night:

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