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Volcanic eruption: Catania Airport closed as Etna as erupt

Catania Airport in Sicily was forced to close on Wednesday, after Mount Etna erupted covering the runway with volcanic ash, according to the airport.

No flights could take off nor land in the morning, the airport officials said.

The flight schedule showed numerous connections as delayed.

Mount Etna had erupted repeatedly in recent weeks, but there were no reports of major damage or injuries, though occasionally, ash fell and windows sometimes broke as the volcano rumbled during the eruptions.

Catania Airport

Etna, which is 3,300 metres tall, had been spewing lava and ash in recent days, mainly from its south-eastern crater, according to the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV).

The institute had also registered occasional eruptions on the north-eastern side, with plumes of ash rising five to 10 kilometres into the sky, measuring from sea level, according to a report by the institute. (NAN)

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