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Mount Etna volcano in Sicily erupts

The last major eruption occurred in 1992.

Mount Etna, Italy
Mount Etna, Italy
Image: AP Photo

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.

The eruption, which began late Saturday and tapered off this morning, didn’t endanger any of the villages dotting the mountain’s slopes, and no evacuation was ordered.

Flights

The airport in nearby Catania said air space above the volcano was closed to flights, but that the airport itself was operating normally, including takeoffs and departures.

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

imageMt. Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, spews lava as smoke billows. (AP Photo)

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