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Italy's Mt Etna erupts

2012-03-18 17:22

Rome -

New eruptions and a seven-kilometre-high plume of ash were reported from Mount Etna off the Italian island of Sicily on Sunday.

Italian media said a stream of lava emitted from the volcano flowed into the uninhabited valley of Valle del Bove.

This is the volcano's fourth active phase this year. At 3 350m, Etna is Europe's tallest and most active volcano.

Nearby airports continued operations during the eruption, though authorities shut down two nearby flight routes.