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Italy's Mount Etna erupts, authorities close airport

 

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Italy's Mount Etna spews the ash and smoke in Sicily, Italy December 24, 2018 in this still image from a video obtained by Reuters TV on December 24, 2018.

 

CATANIA, Italy (Reuters) - Italy's Mount Etna, Europe's highest and most active volcano, erupted on Monday, sending a huge column of ash into the sky and causing the closure of Catania airport on Sicily's eastern coast.

 

A chain of around 130 earth tremors have rocked the volcano since around 0800 GMT on Monday, Italy's National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology said, with the strongest posting a magnitude of 4.0.

 

There were no reports of any injuries.

 

The 3,330 meter high volcano can burst into spectacular action several times a year, spewing lava and ash high over the Mediterranean island. The last major eruption was in 1992.

 

(Reporting by Giselda Vagnoni, writing by Gavin Jones; Editing by Toby Chopra)

 
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2 hours ago, Somtamnication said:

They keep building and building. Look at Mt. Vesuvius (sp). Pompeii and Herculaneum destroyed, yet buildings are all over the place. I don't get it.

"Live dangerously!  Build your cities on the slopes of Vesuvius!  Send your ships into uncharted seas!"  -- Nietzsche

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5 minutes ago, wwest5829 said:

Or Gaia starting to show her displeasure at mankind's abuse?

Possibly, although she may not care that much. Whatever, she's been quite busy this year.

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