Etna volcano eruption forces airport closureROME - Lava and ash spewing out of a crater of the giant Etna volcano in southern Italy forced the closure of nearby Catania airport, ANSA news agency said late Sunday.
With a high risk of volcanic ash being blown onto the runways, the airport was closed for safety reasons and flights redirected to nearby Palermo.
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It is the volcano's 17th eruptive activity since the start of the year.
Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe at 3,295 metres (10,810 feet).
by Jim Mannion
(c) 2011 AFP
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