Italy's Mount Etna bursts into life

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TOPSHOT - Lava flows from the Mount Etna volcano on the southern Italian island of Sicily, near Catania, on December 6, 2015 at night. The volcano on the Mediterranean island threw up an ash column some seven kilometres (4.3 miles) high with lava flowing from the Voragine crater for the first time in two years, the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV) said. The eruption, which began on December 3, 2015, is among the most 'energetic of the past 20 years,' added the INGV. / AFP / GIOVANNI ISOLINO (Photo credit should read GIOVANNI ISOLINO/AFP/Getty Images)
Lava flows from the Mount Etna volcano on the southern Italian island of Sicily, near Catania, on December 6, 2015 at night. The volcano on the Mediterranean island threw up an ash column some seven kilometres (4.3 miles) high with lava flowing from the Voragine crater for the first time in two years, the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV) said. The eruption, which began on December 3, 2015, is among the most 'energetic of the past 20 years,' added the INGV. AFP PHOTO / GIOVANNI ISOLINO / AFP / GIOVANNI ISOLINO (Photo credit should read GIOVANNI ISOLINO/AFP/Getty Images)
In this picture made available Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, Mt. Etna spews lava during an eruption, near Catania, Italy, Thursday Dec. 3, 2015. Mt. Etna is Europe's most active volcano at 3,350 meters (10,990 feet) and erupts quite frequently. (AP Photo/Salvatore Allegra)
In this picture made available Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, lightning is seen in the cloud of smoke during an eruption of Mt. Etna, near Catania, Italy, Thursday Dec. 3, 2015. Mt. Etna is Europe's most active volcano at 3,350 meters (10,990 feet) and erupts quite frequently. (AP Photo/Salvatore Allegra)
People take pictures of the smoke rising over the city of Taormina during an eruption of the Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, near Catania, on December 4, 2015. / AFP / GIOVANNI ISOLINO (Photo credit should read GIOVANNI ISOLINO/AFP/Getty Images)
Smoke rises over the city of Taormina during an eruption of the Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, near Catania, on December 4, 2015. / AFP / GIOVANNI ISOLINO (Photo credit should read GIOVANNI ISOLINO/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Smoke rises over the city of Taormina during an eruption of the Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, near Catania, on December 4, 2015. / AFP / GIOVANNI ISOLINO (Photo credit should read GIOVANNI ISOLINO/AFP/Getty Images)
Smoke rises over the city of Taormina during an eruption of the Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, near Catania, on December 4, 2015. / AFP / GIOVANNI ISOLINO (Photo credit should read GIOVANNI ISOLINO/AFP/Getty Images)
Smoke rises over the city of Taormina during an eruption of the Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, near Catania, on December 4, 2015. / AFP / GIOVANNI ISOLINO (Photo credit should read GIOVANNI ISOLINO/AFP/Getty Images)
Lava flows from the Mount Etna volcano on the southern Italian island of Sicily, near Catania, on December 6, 2015 at night. The volcano on the Mediterranean island threw up an ash column some seven kilometres (4.3 miles) high with lava flowing from the Voragine crater for the first time in two years, the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV) said. The eruption, which began on December 3, 2015, is among the most 'energetic of the past 20 years,' added the INGV. AFP PHOTO / GIOVANNI ISOLINO / AFP / GIOVANNI ISOLINO (Photo credit should read GIOVANNI ISOLINO/AFP/Getty Images)
A view taken from Zafferana Etna shows lava flowing from the Mount Etna volcano on the southern Italian island of Sicily, near Catania, on December 6, 2015 at night. The volcano on the Mediterranean island threw up an ash column some seven kilometres (4.3 miles) high with lava flowing from the Voragine crater for the first time in two years, the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV) said. The eruption, which began on December 3, 2015, is among the most 'energetic of the past 20 years,' added the INGV. AFP PHOTO / GIOVANNI ISOLINO / AFP / GIOVANNI ISOLINO (Photo credit should read GIOVANNI ISOLINO/AFP/Getty Images)
In this picture provided Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, lava flows down Mt. Etna volcano during an eruption, near Catania, Italy, late Sunday, Dec. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Salvatore Allegra)
In this picture made available Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, a cloud of smoke rises above Mt. Etna volcano during a second eruption in a week, near Catania, Italy, late Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. Europe's most active volcano, at 3,350 meters (10,990 feet), erupts frequently without posing major threats to the inhabited areas apart from the occasional closure of nearby airports due to the intense ash clouds. (AP Photo/Salvatore Allegra)
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Red-hot lava exploded into the night sky on Thursday as Mt. Etna rumbled back to life, with its largest eruption in two years.

Nearby Catania airport was closed on Friday morning as ash clouds that descended on the town were deemed a danger to aircraft.

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In this Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 filer, Mt. Etna volcano spews lava during an eruption near the Sicilian town of Catania, Italy. Ash fallout from Mount Etna's latest spectacular eruption has forced the closure of Catania's airport in eastern Sicily.The airport said it would remain closed at least until Monday evening. Several flight departures and arrivals were canceled, and at least two flights were diverted to Palermo's airport in the western part of the Mediterranean island. Etna is Europe's most active volcano. Its latest series of eruptions has lasted for weeks now, occasionally causing a change in flight routes. The eruption hasn't forced evacuation of the villages on the mountain's slopes. Its last major eruption occurred in 1992. (AP Photo/Salvatore Allegra, File)
Smoke billows from the Mount Etna, Europe's tallest active volcano, Sicily, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi)
Smoke billows from the Mount Etna, Europe's tallest active volcano, Sicily, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi)
Smoke billows during an eruption of Mount Etna volcano as seen from the village of Viagrande, near the Sicilian town of Catania, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, has erupted, sending up a towering plume of ash visible in much of eastern Sicily. Etna's eruptions are not infrequent, although the last major one occurred in 1992. Catania airport said the eruption Saturday forced closure of nearby air space before dawn, but authorities lifted the closure in early morning. Several inhabited villages dot the mountain's slopes, but evacuations weren't necessary despite the lava flow. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi)
Lava spurts from Mount Etna, Nicosia, Italy, Tuesday night, July 31, 2001. Europe's largest and most active volcano has been spewing lava and ash from fractures on its southern slope for about two weeks, constantly feeding a molten flow threatening the Rifugio Sapienza. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
In this photo made available Friday, April 13, 2012, the snowcapped mount Etna erupts not far from Zafferana Etnea village, in Italy, Thursday, April 12, 2012. The south-eastern crater, âbornâ in 1971, has been the most active in the last few years. In the recent past lava flows have mainly damaged properties, but due to its slow speed lava has not killed human beings. So far Italian authorities have not issued any warning of dangers for houses and people. (AP Photo/Salvatore Allegra)
Mount Etna Volcano spews lava and ash, in Linguaglossa, near Catania, Sicily, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002. Mount Etna, Europe's biggest and most active volcano, came to life again on Sunday, with a river of lava coming out of its mouth and a series of small quakes damaging buildings on its slopes, officials said. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Villa)
The lights of Catania are seen in background as lava pours from the sides of Mount Etna, late Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001. Etna, which towers 10,860 feet above Sicily, has been gushing lava from fractures on its southern slope for about two weeks. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
SICILY, ITALY - MAY 16: A stream of molten lava flows from Mount Etna on May 16, 2015 in Sicily, Italy. PHOTOGRAPH BY Marco Restivo / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Marco Restivo / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
SICILY, ITALY - MAY 16: A stream of molten lava flows from Mount Etna on May 16, 2015 in Sicily, Italy. PHOTOGRAPH BY Marco Restivo / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Marco Restivo / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
SICILY, ITALY - MAY 16: A stream of molten lava flows from Mount Etna on May 16, 2015 in Sicily, Italy. PHOTOGRAPH BY Simone Genovese / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Simone Genovese / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
SICILY, ITALY - MAY 12: Molten lava flows from Mount Etna during the volcano eruption on May 12, 2015 in Sicily, Italy. Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity. PHOTOGRAPH BY Marco Restivo / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Marco Restivo / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Lava flows from the Mount Etna volcano on the southern Italian island of Sicily near Catania on August 14, 2014. Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
Lava flows from the Mount Etna volcano on the southern Italian island of Sicily near Catania on August 13, 2014. Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
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The eruption sent volcanic ash as far as to Messina and Reggio Calabria, over 100 kilometres north of the crater.

Etna, at 3,330 meters (10,926 feet) is the highest volcano in mainland Europe and the most active in the world.

Stunning Timelapse of Mount Etna Erupting

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