Mount Etna comes back to life with brief eruption

Italy`s Mount Etna has come back to life with a brief eruption that sent lava down its slopes.

Last Updated: Jan 14, 2011, 12:13 PM IST

Rome: Italy`s Mount Etna has come back to life with a brief eruption that sent lava down its slopes and a cloud of ash into the sky, forcing the overnight closure of a nearby airport.

The volcanology institute in Catania, eastern Sicily, said Thursday that a two-hour eruption overnight sent a little stream of lava down the eastern slope of the mountain. Nobody was injured.

The volcano also spewed out ash, which rained down and forced Catania`s Fontanarossa airport to shut down overnight, canceling or diverting a few domestic flights.

Officials said the airport reopened early Thursday.

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

Bureau Report