UPDATED: Etna activity closes Catania airspace in Sicily

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UPDATED: Activity at Catania airport resumed on Saturday morning after the eruption from the Etna volcano subsided and the ash in the area above cleared.

Earlier, increased activity of the Etna volcano in Sicily during the night between Friday and Saturday resulted in the closing of both the Catania’s international airport and the smaller Comiso airport, due the ash emitted by the volcano.

Experts from the National Geophysics and Volcano Institute in Italy (INGV) said the increased activity of the Etna resulted in so-called “new crater”, located at the top of the southeast slope of Mount Etna. The last time the volcano “woke up” on July 14th.

The new activity also caused the formation of hot lava fountains, explosions, ash emissions and even a small stream of lava. These phenomena are accompanied by low to medium-scale earthquakes.




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