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ROME >> A particularly powerful eruption of Mount Etna created a volcanic storm that sent lightning flashes dramatically across the skies over eastern Sicily.
A volcano expert from Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology said today that such volcanic storms are rare but can occur during particularly violent eruptions or with volcanoes located near the sea.
Volcanologist Boris Behnke told The Associated Press that volcanic lightning was observed once on Mount Etna in 2021, and before that, in 2015.
The eruption shortly before midnight Thursday caused no damage. But it threw ash more than 10 km into the air above sea level.
Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in Europe and its eruptions are not uncommon.