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)
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)
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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.

See more photos of Mt. Etna throughout the years:

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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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