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Mount Etna Puts On Nighttime Show June 20, 2014
Images of Etna eruption
Mount Etna spewed lava for several hours Sunday night.
Sicily’s Mount Etna spewed fountains of lava during a vivid nighttime eruption that was the first significant activity of the year for the storied mountain.

Most of the ash and lava were expelled from Etna’s southeastern flank.

The nearby Catania airport remained open during the fiery display, but two air corridors were temporarily closed due to a column of ash soaring above the island.

During a major eruption of Etna in 1992, government officials blasted a new pathway to divert lava threatening the village of Zafferana, which is home to about 7,000 people.

It has continued to put on occasional lava displays every year since then.

Photo: Italian Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology