We still have a few months to go in this year, and Etna still doesn’t look like it wants to stop its activity. The stratovolcano located in Sicily has already had its 17th eruption, whichm unlike most this year, came as quite a surprise.

Photo by gnuckx from an eruption in January.

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The volcano provided no seismic clues, instead the crater just filling up with lava and pushing it forward, in a dazzling display of light and smoke. Since it seems Etna has made it quite a habbit to erupt at night, we have some great pictures of the event.You can also see a video of the eruption here; the lava fountaning from the top of the crater to the slopes of the mountain is fascinating if you ask me.