Spectacular eruptions from Mount Etna cause brief closure of local airport

Bright red lava shot into the sky at around 0200 (0000gmt).

Experts said as daylight broke, a huge black cloud of ash reaching 5 kilometres in length, engulfed the surrounding areas. By mid morning the cloud had cleared and the airport was able to re-open.

Fountains of lava from the volcano have regularly lit up the Sicilian night sky since December 2021, and scientists say that they respect the rumblings to continue but with no risk to the local population.

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