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Rome: Etna volcano erupts, lighting up sky over Sicily

Rome: Etna volcano erupts, lighting up sky over Sicily

<p>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.</p>

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 Sunday and tapered off on Monday 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.

first published:November 18, 2013, 10:23 IST