Europe's highest active volcano Mount Etna erupts in Sicily

VIDEO: Mount Etna is erupting and it looks spectacular
Skiers brave the slopes of Mount Etna as it erupts
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02 March, 2017

Europe's most active volcano has erupted for the first time this year, sending a tower of bright lava into the sky.

The fire-spitting mountain began to spurt lava last night.

It can burst into action several times a year.

. The panel of experts who keep an eye on these volcanoes have deemed this latest eruption as not being risky, but are monitoring the situation closely.

Plumes of smoke and ash erupt from Mount Etna on October 30, 2002.

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Residents in the nearby cities of Catania and Toarmina could see the lava show in the distance. Authorities have reported that it poses no danger to the surrounding towns.

Though volcanic ash can cause flight disruptions and other dangers, air traffic was reportedly normal at Sicily's Catania airport on Tuesday. These volcanoes, which can be found from Washington (Mount Rainier) to Papua New Guinea (Ulawan), are studied closely due to their history of activity and proximity to human populations. This Sicilian landmark boasts one of the world's longest documented records of historical eruptions, dating back to at least 1,500 B.C.E.


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