x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Europe’s most active volcano erupts

Mount Etna lights up the sky over much of eastern Sicily and shoots up a towering column of ash.

Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, erupts on the east coast of the southern Italian island of Sicily. Davide Caudillo /  EPA
Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, erupts on the east coast of the southern Italian island of Sicily. Davide Caudillo / EPA

ROME // Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, has erupted again, lighting up the sky over much of eastern Sicily and shooting up a towering column of ash.

The eruption, which began late Saturday and tapered off Sunday morning, didn’t endanger any of villages dotting the mountain’s slopes, and no evacuation was ordered.

The airport in nearby Catania said two air space sectors above the volcano were closed to flights, but that the airport itself was operating normally, including takeoffs and departures.

Etna erupts occasionally. Its last major eruption occurred in 1992.

Associated Press