Sicilian airport reopens amid Mount Etna's latest eruption

Sicilian airport reopens amid Mount Etna's latest eruption

Photo taken on December 24, 2018 shows the Mount Etna volcano during the eruption in Catania, Sicily, Italy. Soon after, lava flows began pouring out of the crack, eventually sending an ash column spewing eastward into the sky.

Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna in Sicily, erupted on Monday, with officials reporting more than 130 earthquakes of up to 4.3 in magnitude.

Italy's Mount Etna erupted Monday, spewing ash and lava from a new fracture on the volcano during a period of abnormally high amounts of seismic activity, the volcano's observatory reported. A blanket of volcanic ash also covered nearby villages, which ground planes to a halt at Catania airport temporarily.

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

Извержение крупнейшего вулкана напугало даже космонавтов

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

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

Mount Etna is Italy's largest active volcano and has shown an increase in activity since July.

The airport reopened some of the airspace to allow four flights per hour to land.

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