Ash fell over Catania and villages surrounding the volcano. The main airport was temporarily closed to air traffic due to the hazard posed by the ash.
In January, Etna pelted nearby areas with missiles of hot lava, also forcing the closure of Catania’s Fontanarossa airport.
Etna is in a nearly constant state of activity, but it is not considered especially dangerous.
Its slopes are home to farms and vineyards that make use of soil made rich by centuries of regular eruptions.
Photo: Italian Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology