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Updated : December 4 2015
- Published : December 4 2015

Volcano erupts for first time in two years, creates 'dirty thunderstorm'

This is the first time the volcano in Italy has erupted in two years.

Beautiful time-lapse videos and images showed a “dirty lightning storm” forming over the eruption.

The Internet has been flooded with images, time-lapse gifs and videos of the eruption, which even featured a “dirty thunderstorm,” a rare phenomenon that occurs “when tiny fragments of rock, ash and ice rub together to form static electricity,” the Independent wrote. 

“Mount Etna is the tallest active volcano in Europe, measuring 3329m high, and has been exploding for an estimated 2.5 million years. The huge plume was created in the Voragine crater, which was formed in the volcano's central crater in 1945.”

Check out some of the great images of the historic eruption.

Matt Lee is a Web producer for Metro New York. He writes about almost everything and anything. Talk to him (or yell at him) on Twitter so he doesn’t feel lonely @mattlee2669.

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