Spewing fire: The volcanic paroxysms of Mount Etna

Mount Etna has stirred from its sleep and the fire gushing from its belly is a fiery libretto written in the ashen air. Here's the story of a seething volcano in its awesome, deadly form
Curated By: Madhu Kapparath
Published: Mar 20, 2021

Image by : Marco Restivo/ Barcroft Media via Getty Images

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A hypnotic plume of gas, pyroclastic ash and lava fountains mark the new eruption of Etna volcano from the Southeast Crater, March 10, 2021. The death of the Greek philosopher Empedocles in 434 BC was mythologised by ancient writers. A version has it that he leapt into the crater of Etna so that he might be deemed a god. Not surprisingly, one of the surviving fragments of his poems is called Purifications.