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Mount Etna rumblings return with new crater opening

Volcano not erupting, but 'slowly releasing energy'

Mount Etna rumblings return with new crater opening

Rome, April 10 - Mount Etna, the volcano on the east coast of the Italian island of Sicily, continued releasing ash amid explosive activity from a new crater that formed on its south-east peak. The volcanic material falling at regular 10-15 minute intervals does not constitute "real eruptions, but rather a slow alternate release of energy", according to the Italian Geophysics Institute (INGV). The volcanic activity "will not lead to limitations or reductions in air traffic" for the nearby Catania airport, according to local officials. Mount Etna, Europe's largest active volcano, has erupted nine times since the start of the year.

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