etna
Europe's largest active volcano, Mount Etna in Sicily, has seen a very active past three weeks. On Wednesday, the volcano erupted for the eleventh time in under a month.

Wednesday's early morning eruption sent rocks and lava spewing into the dark sky and created a large river of lava that cascaded down the volcano's slopes. According to local reports, the eruption occurred in the southeast crater at about 4:30 a.m.

Photos above show the spectacular lava fountains of Etna's most recent eruption, as well as the eruptions that have occurred since mid-February.


On Sunday, another eruption sent lava and ash 33,000 feet into the air, the Associated Press reported.

Locals in Catania and other nearby towns had to sweep a blanket of ash from their cars and walkways, but no property damage or injuries have been reported in the recent eruptions.

Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology says there's no way of predicting when this most recent round of volcanic activity might end.