Italy's Etna volcano erupts in eastern Sicily, poses no danger so far

The lava flows began at around 7pm on Monday at Europe's highest and most active volcano, and were continuing on Tuesday morning.

Etna is the highest volcano in Europe at 3,330 metres and has burst into life several times each year.

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Mount Etna, on the Italian island of Sicily, has been largely dormant for the past two years. During that time, the lava flow threatened to swallow a Sicilian village and worldwide aid came as they stemmed the lava tunnel with concrete blocks to stop the flow.

Residents in the nearby cities of Catania and Toarmina could see the lava show in the distance. Scientists and volcano experts seem more preoccupied about the potential eruption of the Erta Ale than the current activity being seen in Sicily. Along with the orange fountains of lava, Mount Etna's erruption also resulted in an underground tremor. At Catania, about 31 miles away from the mountain, the airport remained open and flights continue as authorities say there is no real danger, the Sky News reports. Written records of its volcanic history date as far back as 1500 B.C.

  • Regina Walsh