Mt Etna erupts spectacularly near Catania, Italy

December 5, 2015 5:58 am

 

Mt Etna spews lava during an eruption near Catania, . Photo / AP

Fire and hot ash spewed high into the sky from Italy’s Mount Etna in
Sicily Friday, in one of the most dramatic eruptions of ’s highest
active volcano in the past 20 years.
The volcano on the
Mediterranean island threw up an ash column some seven kilometres high
with lava flowing from the Voragine crater for the first time in two
years, the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV) said.
The eruption, which began on Thursday, is among the most “energetic of the past 20 years,” added the INGV.
Flights were disrupted at Catania airport, as well as at Reggio Calabria on the Italian mainland across the Strait of Sicily.
The 3,295-metre peak regularly awakens to spew lava and ash in eruptions that can last for days at a time.

Lightning is seen in the cloud of smoke during the recent eruption of Mt Etna. Photo / AP
Lightning is seen in the cloud of smoke during the recent eruption of Mt Etna. Photo / AP

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