Italy’s Mount Etna began to erupt yesterday, violently spewing fire and hot ash. The volcano on the Mediterranean island of Sicily threw ash into the sky in one of the most dramatic eruptions of Europe’s highest active volcano in the past 20 years.
The volcano island threw up an ash column 7km high. Lava flowed from the Voragine crater for the first time in two years, acceording to the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV).
Flights were disrupted at Catania airport, as well as at Reggio Calabria on the Italian mainland across the Strait of Sicily. The volcano often spews volcanic materials for days at a time.