Italy’s Mount Etna Erupts, More than 130 Earthquakes Reported

Reuters
By Reuters
December 25, 2018World News
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Italy’s Mount Etna, Europe’s highest and most active volcano, erupted on Dec. 24, sending a huge column of ash into the sky and causing the closure of Catania airport on Sicily’s eastern coast.

A chain of around 130 earth tremors have rocked the volcano since around 9 a.m. local time on Dec. 24, Italy’s National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology said, with the strongest posting a magnitude of 4.0.

There were no reports of any injuries.

The 3,330 meter high volcano can burst into spectacular action several times a year, spewing lava and ash high over the Mediterranean island. The last major eruption was in 1992.

By Giselda Vagnoni

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