Tuesday 30 August 2016

Sky over Mount Etna lit up after eruption

Published 17/11/2013 | 13:44

Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, spews lava during an eruption as seen from Acireale, near the Sicilian town of Catania, Italy. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi)
Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, spews lava during an eruption as seen from Acireale, near the Sicilian town of Catania, Italy. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi)
Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, spews lava as smoke billows during an eruption as seen from Acireale, near the Sicilian town of Catania, Italy. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi)

Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, has erupted again, lighting up the sky over much of eastern Sicily and shooting up a towering column of ash.

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The eruption, which began late on Saturday and tapered off on Sunday morning, did not endanger any of the villages dotting the mountain's slopes and no evacuation was ordered.

The airport in nearby Catania said two airspace sectors above the volcano were closed to flights but that the airport itself was operating normally, including take-offs and departures.

Etna erupts occasionally. Its last major eruption occurred in 1992.

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