A powerful eruption of stratovolcano Etna in Sicily, Italy this morning – Oct 26, 10:45 UTC

Mount Etna, a stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, Italy has erupted this morning around 6am local time. There are two craters with the eruption where a several kilometers high ash cloud is visible.

Ash cloud on Etna volcano. Source: Turi Caggegi

Ash cloud on Etna volcano. Source: MeteoWeb.eu

Ash cloud on Etna volcano as seen from distance. Source: MeteoWeb.eu

The eruption is clearly visible on satellite imagery from EUMETSAT as well, showing the ash cloud extending towards the SW across the island of Sicily:

VIS satellite of ash cloud. Source: EUMETSAT

Occasionally, a large ash cloud, which contains larger particles than usual rain drops, is visible also on radar scans. Follow the visible smoke in Italy radar and satellite pages.