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    Posted June 24, 2014 by
    San Diego, California
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    Mt Etna Monsoon Rains




    Making several stops along the way, I had traveled that day from the southern coastal town of Licata to Linguaglossa, a small town on the northeastern foothills of Mt Etna.


    As I neared my lodging several miles outside Linguaglossa the rains began. I took several shots of the sky around Mt Etna in between downpours. Rain continued through the night.


    The next morning as I made my way to the southern ascent station to Mt Etna, Piano Provenzana, (the nearby northern station was devastated by recent volcanic activity) the rain stopped and held off for the several hours I spent on the plain immediately below the main volcanic tube.


    Hours later with the visit to the mountaintop over I headed for the parking lot. Once again the rain came down, this time in proverbial buckets. It continued to rain throughout the remainder of the day as I made my way north to the port city of Messina.


    That evening as I sat in my hotel room in Messina I heard reports on the local news of deadly landslides in the coastal towns I had driven through that very afternoon.

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