Italy’s Mount Etna puts on show by blowing rare ‘smoke rings’ into sky

08-04-2024 12:37 PM

Ammon News - Tourists in Italy have been treated to quite the show as Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, has been blowing spectacular “smoke rings” into the sky since last week.

The rare phenomenon, known as “volcanic vortex rings,” is generated by the combination of rapid gas release and the vent shape spewed out of a new crater that opened on Tuesday on Etna’s summit, according to The Associated Press.

Pictures and video show the volcano looking like a chimney blowing out a stream of rings.

“Etna is breaking all previous records,” Boris Behncke, volcanologist at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Catania Boris, explained in a Facebook post. “In the late afternoon of 2 April 2024, a small mouth opened on the north-eastern rim of the South-East Crater, producing puffs of glowing gas. By the next morning it was evident that these puffs were producing an impressive amount of steam rings, and this activity has been going on ever since, having already emitted hundreds if not thousands of these pretty rings.”

New York Post

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