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Mount Etna, Europe’s Most Active Volcano, Spews Ash and Lava

37.7N 14.9E

January 14th, 2011 Category: Volcanoes

Mount Etna, Italy - December 11th and 14th, 2011

Mount Etna, Italy - December 11th, 2011

Mount Etna, Italy - December 11th, 2011

Mount Etna, Italy - December 14th, 2011

Mount Etna, Italy - December 14th, 2011

Italy’s Mount Etna has come back to life with a brief eruption that sent lava down its slopes and a cloud of ash into the sky, forcing the overnight closure of a nearby airport.

The volcanology institute in Catania, eastern Sicily, said Thursday that a two-hour eruption overnight sent a little stream of lava down the eastern slope of the mountain.

The volcano, Europe’s tallest and most active, erupts regularly but usually causes little damage.

Mount Etna’s last major eruption was in 1992.

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