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A crater in Mount Etna starts releasing rings of vapor

A steam ring generated by the volcano Etna on Saturday in Catania, Italy Getty Images/Photo by Fabrizio Villa

MYRNA BROWN, HOST: You’ve heard the old saying “Get your head out of the clouds?” Well, for Sicilians, that’s where their eyes and ears are.


That’s the sound of wind from Mt. Etna in Italy where a new volcano crater opened up last week followed by spectacular vapor rings rising 11,000 feet above the summit.

MATTHEW WATSON: What you tend to see with most volcanoes is just a puff of gas. The volcano’s geometry and de-gassing is in a bit of a sweet spot.

That “sweet spot” means no volcano on earth sends up as many rings as does Mt. Etna.

WATSON: A vortex is set up so you can actually see them, the individual rings spin and that’s what holds them together and keeps them in the atmosphere for a few minutes.

Backlit by the Mediterranean sun makes for quite the scene!

MARY REICHARD, HOST: So long as Etna doesn’t blow its top!

BROWN: It’s The World and Everything in It.

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