Italy's Mount Etna Erupts

Column of ash measured 16K feet
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2012 8:15 AM CST
Italy's Mount Etna Erupts
Smoke and ash billow from Mount Etna framed by the Sicilian town of Zafferana, near Catania, southern Italy, Thursday Jan. 5, 2012.   (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi)

Mount Etna is at it again: Europe's most active volcano burst to life again yesterday morning, spewing lava and sending a pillar of ash 16,000 feet into the air, ITN reports. Experts say there's no danger to nearby villages, however, and so far no flights have been canceled—though the nearby Catania airport did hold a crisis meeting to discuss the possibility, according to Sky News. (More Mount Etna stories.)

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