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Video: Mount Etna Erupts And Lights Up Sicily Sky

Update Date: Dec 06, 2015 04:27 PM EST

The well-known active volcano on Mount Sicily, Mount Etna, erupted Thursday, creating a beautiful display amazing everyone who witnessed it.

One Sicilian photographer, Marco Restivo, 29, created a time-lapse video of the 50-minute "artistic" spewing of fire and ash, said The Huffington Post.

The video displayed Mount Etna spraying and rubbing together fragments of rocks, ashes and ice, while lightning sparks were also created.

It happened at 2:20 a.m. Thursday. The nearest airport on the Italian mainland was shut down. Many villagers nearby were subsumed under a thick layer of ash, according to BBC News.

For the past two years, Mount Etna, nicknamed "Mongibello," has not erupted. This year's eruption looks more "beautiful than scary", but in 122 B.C., Mount Etna created such a huge eruption that it even blocked out the sun, according to Roman records, USA Today  reported.


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