Mount Etna erupts, lava reaches 5,000m into the sky

Mount Etna erupts, lava reaches 5,000m into the sky
Mount Etna erupts, lava reaches 5,000m into the sky

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Europe's biggest volcano, Mount Etna, has erupted spewing lava and an ash cloud 5,000 metres into the air.

The volcano, on the island of Sicily in southern Italy, saw lava flowing down its sides as it woke from its slumber.

Mount Etna erupts, lava reaches 5,000m into the sky
Mount Etna erupts, lava reaches 5,000m into the sky

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The eruption has reportedly not affected flights, although a crisis meeting was held at the nearby Catania Airport, according to the Daily Mail.

Etna, known as Europe's highest active volcano with a 3,295 peak, regularly jumps into life, erupting several times last year.

It can often cause problems at the nearby airport and, last July, was even blamed for fast-forwarding thousands of people's clocks by 15 minutes.


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