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Published: Saturday, 11/23/2013

Mount Etna erupts in Italy

Europe's most active volcano showers volcanic ash on nearby towns

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Smoke billows from the Mount Etna, Europe's tallest active volcano, Sicily today. Smoke billows from the Mount Etna, Europe's tallest active volcano, Sicily today.
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MILAN  — Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, has erupted again, showering volcanic ash on towns dotting the mountain’s slopes and nearby Taormina.

The eruption today did not force any evacuations, but a highway was closed for half an hour as a precaution. Authorities also briefly closed two of four air corridors serving the nearby Catania airport but air traffic was not interrupted.

Etna erupts occasionally. Its last major eruption occurred in 1992.



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