Skiers courageous the slopes of Mount Etna as it erupts

Posted March 02, 2017

Italy's Mount Etna, Europe's tallest and most active volcano, spewed lava as it erupted on the southern island of Sicily, Italy Feb. 28, 2017.

At 10,900 feet high, Mount Etna is Europe's largest active volcano. It can burst into action several times each year. Scientists and volcano experts seem more preoccupied about the potential eruption of the Erta Ale than the current activity being seen in Sicily.

And there's no denying the timing of the latest eruption is quite something...

During that eruption, as lava threatened to overtake a Sicilian village, US marines lent a hand during the aptly named Operation Volcano Buster.

Coming to life again on Monday evening, with bright orange lava spewing from its 3,330m-high peak, it's light display is the most stunning it has ever been.

It has erupted 49 times since 1955.

Residents in the nearby cities of Catania and Toarmina could see the lava show in the distance. The first recorded observation of Etna's eruptions dates way back to 425 BC.

Authorities also reported that the towns around the mountain's slopes were not in any danger from the eruption.

This latest eruption was not unsafe and the nearby airport of Catania is still open and fully operating.