Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Mount Etna eruption closes airport

Italy's Mount Etna has come back to life with a brief eruption sending lava down its slopes and a cloud of ash into the sky.

The ash from the two-hour eruption forced the closure of Catania's Fontanarossa airport overnight affecting a few domestic flights.

The volcanology institute in Catania, eastern Sicily, said today the eruption sent a little stream of lava down the eastern slope of the mountain. Nobody was injured.

Officials said the airport reopened early today.

Etna is Europe's most active volcano. Its last major eruption was in 1992.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest News

Latest Sport

Latest Showbiz