The tallest active volcano in Europe regularly erupts and sends lava and ash shooting hundreds of feet into the sky
MOUNT Etna is one of the most active and destructive volcanoes in the world – having wiped out entire villages after shooting lava and ash hundreds of feet into the air.
We examine Europe’s tallest active volcano and look at where it is based, when it last erupted, and why it’s sliding into the Mediterranean.
Where is Mount Etna?
The volcano Mount Etna sits on the east coast of the island of Sicily, Italy.
It is set between the cities of Messina and Catania and lies between the convergent plate margin between the African Plate and the Eurasian Plate.
Towering Mount Etna is the tallest active volcano in Europe and stands at a staggering 3,329m high.
It is the highest peak in Italy south of the Alps.
Etna is also by far the largest of three active volcanoes in Italy.
It is roughly two and a half times the height of the second largest Mount Vesuvius.