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Mount Etna Spews Biggest Eruption in Months December 20, 2013
Mount Etna eruption
The lava flow down one side of the mountain was visible from Catania and Taormina, a popular seaside resort.
Sicily’s Mount Etna volcano produced its strongest eruption in recent months from last Saturday through early Sunday.

Europe’s most active volcano spewed with such force that the local Catania airport was forced to close because of ash plumes billowing into the sky.

Officials said that 150 flights were affected by the threat of volcanic debris.

The smaller airport of Comiso in the area was also closed down.

Lava streaming down the mountain’s flanks was easily visible from the towns of Tantania and Taormina.

Three volcanic tremors also rumbled through the region during the eruption.

Photo: Italian Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology