Italian authorities close airport as Mount Etna erupts

© Reuters/ANTONIO PARRINELLO FILE PHOTO: Volcano guides stand in front of Italy's Mount Etna, Europe's tallest and most active volcano, as it spews lava during an eruption on the southern island of Sicily

© Reuters/ANTONIO PARRINELLO FILE PHOTO: Volcano guides stand in front of Italy’s Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest and most active volcano, as it spews lava during an eruption on the southern island of Sicily

Italy’s Mount Etna erupts, authorities close airport

|CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA! NO!|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. 

Italy's Mount Etna, Europe's highest and most active volcano

Italy’s Mount Etna, Europe’s highest and most active volcano

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 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.

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

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