From: Lamezia Terme (Italy)
Have you been able to see any smoke from Etna? I know your a bit far away and I don't know the prevailing winds.
Sometimes, during other eruptions, but not during this one (the biggest smoke cloud I ever saw was during the 2002-2003 eruption; the sky was literally gray and ash was falling everywhere in Southern Italy(*)). Some friends told me that, during this one, they were able to see the volcano illuminating the sky at night, on the SW, but I missed it.
Prevailing winds in my area (and the Strait of Messina general area) are anything but "prevailing". It is always a bit crazy, as you can see here:
Historically the eruptions around Reykjavik are effusive in nature (mostly basaltic lava similar to Hawaii).
IIRC, Mount Etna is effusive in nature - with some real light show and jumps caused by bombs, earthquakes and other funny phenomena. Occasionally buildings are damaged - exp. illegally built ones...
(*) Fun fact for Star Wars fans: George Lucas was shooting some scenes for the Prequels here in Italy when Etna seized up in 2002-2003, so he sent a team there to shoot some footage. He later used it for the lava-planet Mustafar in "Revenge of the Sith".
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(My 10 years old daughter after watching "The Hunt for Red October")