Mordor Is Real, and It's In Sicily

It's been nearly 350 years since Mt. Etna blew its top in a major way. Until yesterday, when Europe's largest active volcano spewed hot lava for two hours—within shouting distance of these people's houses. Location, location, location.

Fortunately the eruption didn't cause any injuries or damage, which means that the residents of this volcanic village were treated to an amazing fire show. Fortunately, many were intrepid enough to have their cameras at the ready. Video cameras, even!

Although myy favorite is this still shot from Ivan Iraci's Flickr page. You can just about make out the Eye of Sauron if you squint hard enough:

Mordor Is Real, and It's In Sicily

Me, I would've had a hard time keeping the camera steady as I RAN SCREAMING IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. [BNO News via Gawker, Top image: Mario_C_]