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Mount Etna

January 13, 2011 by staff 

Mount Etna, (AP) - Italy Etna is back to life with an eruption of lava that sent briefly to its slopes and a cloud of ash into the sky, forcing the closure overnight from a nearby airport.

The Institute of Volcanology in Catania in eastern Sicily, said Thursday that the eruption of two hours during the night sent a small stream of lava on the eastern slope of the mountain. Nobody was injured.

The volcano also spewed ash that rained down and forced the airport Fontanarossa Catania to close overnight, cancellation or removal of a few domestic flights.

Officials said the airport reopened Thursday morning.

Etna is the most active volcano in Europe. Its last major eruption was in 1992.

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