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Italy's Mount Etna volcano erupts again; no casualties or damage reported

08-01-2011 08:35 BJT

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Mount Etna on the southern Italian island of Sicily, has started erupting again, sending flames and sparks shooting 250 meters into the air, and flows of lava down its slopes. There are concerns that the ash could block flights out of nearby Catania airport, but at the moment, the winds are blowing the ash away from the airport, east towards the Ionian Sea.

No flights have so far been cancelled or delayed. The volcanic activity started Saturday morning and continued through the day and overnight into Sunday. No casualties or damage to property have been reported. Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and this is the fourth and the biggest eruption, after six months of calm.

A view of the Etna volcano erupting, near Catania, Italy, during the night from 30 to 31 July 2011. Mount Etna, Europe's biggest active volcano spewed lava with lava fountains reaching an altitude of some 200 to 250 meters. The Catania airport was reported to have suffered dispruption caused by hot gas, ash and debris. /ORIETTA SCARDINO

A view of the Etna volcano erupting, near Catania, Italy, during the night from 30 to 31 July 2011. Mount Etna, Europe's biggest active volcano spewed lava with lava fountains reaching an altitude of some 200 to 250 meters. The Catania airport was reported to have suffered dispruption caused by hot gas, ash and debris. /ORIETTA SCARDINO

A view of the Etna volcano erupting, near Catania, Italy, during the night from 30 to 31 July 2011. Mount Etna, Europe's biggest active volcano spewed lava with lava fountains reaching an altitude of some 200 to 250 meters. The Catania airport was reported to have suffered dispruption caused by hot gas, ash and debris. /ORIETTA SCARDINO

A view of the Etna volcano erupting, near Catania, Italy,
during the night from 30 to 31 July 2011. Mount Etna,
Europe's biggest active volcano spewed lava with lava
fountains reaching an altitude of some 200 to 250
meters. The Catania airport was reported to have suffered
dispruption caused by hot gas, ash and debris. /ORIETTA
SCARDINO

 

 

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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