By Mark Hodge @mrhodgey

AN ANGRY Mount Etna scorches the skies over Sicily with a tremendous eruption

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Videographer / Director: Marco Restivo
Producer: Mark Hodge, Nick Johnson
Editor: Jack Stevens

Volcanic lighting and thick plumes of ash erupt over the skies of Sicily

Taken on December 3 by Sicilian photographer Marco Restivo, 29, these incredible pictures show Europe's tallest active volcano spitting fire and sending plumes of smoke into the air.

Marco used a five images to create this amazing composite picture

This is the first eruption to reach the surface of Etna's Voragine crater in two years.

Mount Etna is the tallest active volcano in Europe

Snapper Marco used photo editing software to overlap five images to create one single picture which shows volcano lightning under a cloud of dense smoke.

This image shows the incredible amounts of volcanic ash which covered the sky above Etna

The Italian also created a time-lapse video of the eruption using 60 images which were taken at an altitude of 1,800 metres.

This incredible picture shows the angry beacon of Etna against the backdrop of the beautiful night sky

He said: “The eruption column, which is made up of hot volcanic ash, was very high and powerful and created the phenomena of lightning.

An up close shot of the ferocious lip of the Voragine crater

“On Etna you are surrounded by a primeval environment and you can feel the earth alive - it's a really amazing experience.

“People have been fascinated by the size of the eruption and many do not believe it when they see my pictures.”