Etna erupts, lighting up sky over Sicily

2013-11-17 17:08
Mount Etna eruption.

Mount Etna eruption.

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Rome - 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 on  Saturday and tapered off on Sunday morning, didn't endanger any of villages dotting the mountain's slopes, and no evacuation was ordered.

The airport in nearby Catania said two air space sectors above the volcano were 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.

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