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 : Art Media/ Print Collector/ Getty Images

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Enceladus lies buried underneath Mount Etna, 1733 (A plate from Le Temple des Muses, Amsterdam, 1733). In Greek Mythology, Mount Etna’s eruptions are said to be the breath of Enceladus the Giant, and its tremors caused by him rolling over from side to side beneath the mountain. The legend goes that Athene battled Enceladus in the War of the Giants and crushed him beneath the Mount.