Sicily: Mount Etna erupts for the first time this year

January 5, 2012 15:14

Catania inhabitants witnessed a big cloud of smoke rising from Sicily's Mount Etna Thursday morning, in the volcano's first eruption of the year.

The eruption was powerful and clearly visible, even from a distance, according to Sicilia news 24.

Lava flowed from the South East crater, and a column of ash rose to a height of 5,000 meters in the South West direction, according to the report. 

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