Catania airport opens with limited flights after Mount Etna volcanic eruptions


Italy’s Catania airport is reopening after an ash cloud from Mount Etna’s latest eruptions forced it to shut down.

The airport opened on a restricted schedule allowing only four flights an hour.

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More than 100 earthquakes were recorded on the slopes of Mount Etna this week, with the most powerful quake registering a magnitude of 4.3. The volcano’s seismological observatory says a new fissure had opened near its southeast crater.

Etna is one of three active volcanoes in Italy and has been particularly active since July.

On Monday, hikers on Etna were brought down from the higher elevations for their safety. No evacuations were reported.