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Mount Etna Erupts

Italy's Mount Etna erupted yesterday, spewing ash across parts of Sicily's eastern coast and canceling flights from the city of Catania. No injuries or damage were reported as of this writing.

Mount Etna is one of the world's most active volcanoes, with multiple eruptions in both 2021 and 2022. The formation is a stratovolcano, typically characterized by a steep summit and a crater, capable of either explosive eruptions or slow-and-steady lava flows. It is also one of 16 across the globe to have been designated as a "decade" volcano (see list)—those with a significant probability of a destructive eruption while also being located near high-density urban centers.

The mountain is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations (when not erupting), with close to 1 million people visiting per year.

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