Moment Mount Etna erupts and shoots jets of lava and volcanic ash into the air.

A huge column of gas could also be seen over the Italian volcano, which is located in the city of Catania, between both Messina and Catania. The eruption did not affect nearby Catania airport and flights continued as normal. Each year, it produces enough lava to fill a 108-story skyscraper, spewing tonnes of molten rock across the island of Sicily. Boris Behncke, from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, posted a series of stunning photos of lava taken from nearby towns. Mount Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe at two-and-a-half times the next largest, Mount Vesuvius.