Mount Etna Spews Ash Over Sicilian Towns, Prompting Airport Closure

Извержение крупнейшего вулкана напугало даже космонавтов

Italy's Mount Etna spews the ash and smoke in Sicily, Italy December 24, 2018.

On Saturday night, lava could be seen erupting into the air before flowing down the mountain, with seismic activity continuing well into Monday. Italy's National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology said that around 130 earthquakes have been rocking the volcano since 08:00 GMT.

A new fissure formed on Mount Etna on Monday, spewing lava and an impressive ash plume by Christmas Eve, according to Reuters.

Etna, which stands at 3,330 metres, can experience several eruptions in a year, but the last major eruption hasn't occurred since 1992.

Due to bad visibility because of the ash authorities restricted local airspace, allowing only four landings per hour Monday afternoon at the eastern Sicilian airport of Catania.

More than 100 tremors have rattled the inhabited slopes of Mount Etna this week, with the most powerful quake registering a magnitude of 4.3.

Извержение крупнейшего вулкана напугало даже космонавтов

This weekend's eruption is one of many which have occurred this year, the most recent taking place in November.

Etna has been particularly active since July.

Hikers were brought down from higher elevations to 1,900 meters (6,230 feet) for their safety.

There were no reports of any injuries.

A large explosion was felt close to Etna during the morning.

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