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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Eruptive activity on Etna volcano where lava flows down towards the Move valley on March 27, 2017. Volcanoes erupt when molten rock (magma) rises to the surface. Magma forms when the Earth’s mantle melts under the extreme conditions caused by the planet’s tectonic plates pulling apart or being pushed against each other. As magma rises to the surface, bubbles of gas form inside it, creating pressure that forces an eruption, which flows down the volcano as lava.