Catania

Climate & Environment
Italy's Mount Etna erupts, spews smoke & ashes and forces Catania airport to close
Mount Etna eruption as viewed from Naval Air Station Sigonella.
Mount Etna eruption as viewed from Naval Air Station Sigonella. Credit: Official U.S. Navy Page (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Mount Etna erupted for the second time this month Tuesday evening. Etna is one of the most active stratovolcano, located on the east coast of Sicily, Italy, in the Metropolitan City of Catania. Due to ash in the air, the Catania international airport was closed.

Stefano Branco, the head of the INGV National Institute for Geophysics and Vulcanology, said that they had "seen worse" and that the activity was "not at all worrying."