Italy's Mount Etna erupts, forcing airport closure

Mount Etna erupts in 2021.
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Italy's Mount Etna, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupted Sunday, forcing the nearby airport to a standstill after the runways become covered in ash.

The volcano, located on the eastern coast of Sicily near the city of Catania, began spewing ash Sunday morning, Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) told The Associated Press. However, cloud cover and a rainy day obscured significant views of the eruption, which the AP noted "often serves up a spectacular display of flaming lava."

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