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    • Streams of red hot lava flow as Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, erupts, seen from Giarre, Italy, 16 February 2021.
    • Streams of red hot lava flow as Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, continues to erupt, seen from Zafferana Etnea, Italy, 21 February 2021.
    • Large streams of red hot lava flow as Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, continues to erupt, as seen from the village of Fornazzo, Italy 23 February 2021.
    • Streams of red hot lava flow as Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, continues to erupt, seen from Zafferana Etnea, Italy, 21 February 2021.
    • Large streams of red hot lava shoot into the night sky as Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, continues to erupt, as seen from the village of Fornazzo, Italy 23 February 2021.
    • Large streams of red hot lava flow as Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, continues to erupt, as seen from the village of Fornazzo, Italy 23 February 2021.
    • Streams of red hot lava flow as Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, erupts, seen from Giarre, Italy, 16 February 2021.
    • Streams of red hot lava flow as Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, continues to erupt, seen from Zafferana Etnea, Italy, 21 February 2021.
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    Streams of red hot lava flow as Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, erupts, seen from Giarre, Italy, 16 February 2021.

    Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, has erupted, spewing a gigantic cloud of ash and a fountain of hot red lava into the sky above Sicily.

    Ash and pumice fell on several villages huddled around the volcano, reaching as far as the town of Catania, which closed its international airport and grounded flights. There have been no reports of damage.

    Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, is under constant supervision of scientists. As a rule, its activity does not pose a danger to the population.

    It is a part of a seismic active zone that lies along the border between the Eurasian and African tectonic plates. Mild volcanic tremors in its vicinity occur regularly.

    Check out Sputnik's gallery to see spewing lava flowing from Sicily's Mount Etna. 

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