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Large Eruption on Mount Etna

December 10, 2015
Image of Mount Etna erpution

One of Mount Etna's largest eruptions in decades occurred on December 3, 2015. The Suomi NPP satellite passed over the region on December 9, 2015, capturing this relatively cloud-free image. This false colored image shows the volcano, along with the crater's hot spot and stream of smoke, using both thermal and visible channels on the satellite's VIIRS instrument.