Mount Etna, Sicily’s active volcano, stirred to life Wednesday, sending lava down its slopes and creating an ash cloud that forced the closure of a nearby airport.
Scientists at the Italian Institute of Vulcanology said the rumbles began Tuesday night and culminated Wednesday morning, when lava spilled down the mountain’s eastern rim. No one was injured.
The volcano emitted ash, obscuring the skies above Catania and forcing the overnight closure of Fontanarossa airport, The Associated Press reported.
The airport was reopened early Thursday. The volcano was only exhibiting weak activity by that time.
Etna is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Its last major eruption was in 1992.