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Spectacular Etna Eruption May 11, 2007
Photo of Mount Etna Eruption
Lava bursting through a fracture on the slopes of Sicily's Mount Etna on Sunday.
A large fracture developed on the side of Sicily's Mount Etna, allowing streams of lava to spill down the mountain.

The activity was similar to eruptions in March and April, but not nearly as intense as that which forced the closure of a nearby airport last November.

The airport was initially closed during the night of November 24 because an explosion within Europe’s most active volcano had covered the entire town of Catania, 3 miles (5 km) away, with a fine layer of black ash.

Frequent lava flows since then have attracted tourists and volcano enthusiasts from around the world.

Photo: Italian Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology