Mount Etna ERUPTS


On Christmas Eve, a massive plume of ash and smoke could be seen rising from the volcano.

The activity prompted authorities to briefly close the nearby Catania-Fontanarossa Airport on Monday.



The airport has since reopened, but those with afternoon and evening flights out of the airport are urged to check with their airline, as future cancellations are possible, according to

The 3,330 metre 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.

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.

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