As volcanoes are prone to do, Mount Etna erupted with a fiery explosion earlier this month. The eruption of Europe’s largest volcano caught many off-guard last week, and a BBC film crew narrowly avoided running afoul of Etna’s fiery wrath while they were working on getting footage near the mountain’s 10,000ft summit.
Such activity has been happening on and off since February, and as the drone footage in the video below shows, Etna’s fury is a little scary when you get close to it.
While Etna’s activity looks terrifying up close, it looks positively serene from space. The image below was shared by NASA after the European Space Agency’s Thomas Pesquet captured the unique view of Etna from aboard the International Space Station.
The bright lights you see surrounding the darkness are the Italian cities ofCatania and Taormina. That fiery streak you see in the middle of the darkness is molten lava being thrown from Etna.
When you can see a destructive force of nature from space, you know it’s not to be trifled with.