ITALY'S Mount Etna has come back to life with a two-hour eruption that sent lava down its slopes and a cloud of ash into the sky, forcing the closure of a nearby airport.
The volcanology institute in Catania, eastern Sicily, said the overnight eruption sent a stream of lava down the eastern slope of the mountain. Nobody was injured.
The volcano also spewed out ash, forcing Catania's Fontanarossa airport to shut down overnight and affecting some domestic flights. The airport reopened early yesterday.
Etna is Europe's most active volcano. Its last major eruption was in 1992.