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Etna Ash Soars Above Sicily Again March 23, 2012
Satellite image of Etna ash plume.
A small plume of ash and steam can be seen blowing southeastward from Mount Etna on March 18 in this NASA Terra satellite image.
Sicily’s Mount Etna produced its fourth significant eruption so far this year, spewing lava and sending steam soaring high above the Italian island.

Europe’s most active volcano created a four-mile-long plume of ash streaming southeastward over the Ionian Sea.

Lava flowed into the uninhabited valley of Valle del Bove.

Cantania’s airport, which has been forced to shut down by previous eruptions, remained open with alternative flight paths used to avoid aircraft flying through the debris plume.

Photo: NASA MODIS Rapid Response System