A quake triggered by Mount Etna's ongoing eruption jolted eastern Sicily before dawn Wednesday, slightly injuring as many as 30 people and prompting frightened Italian villagers to flee their homes.
Debris sits on the street in front of a heavily damaged house in Fleri, Sicily Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018.
Eruptions from Italy's Mt Etna triggered a 4.8 magnitude natural disaster on the east coast of Sicily on Wednesday.
A smoke column comes out of the Etna volcano in Catania, Italy.
In the town of Piano d'Api, firefighters removed cracked stucco from the bell tower of the damaged Santa Maria della Misericordia church.
Government undersecretary Vito Crimi said there were no fatalities and 10 slight injuries. None of the injuries were serious.
The Italian news agency ANSA said an 80-year-old man was extracted from the rubble of a house.
Volcanic ash had earlier covered nearby villages, and flights to and from Catania airport had to be halted temporarily.
Etna, located on the Mediterranean island of Sicily, is one of three active volcanoes in Italy.
Two people were rescued from a collapsed building.
The volcano's seismological observatory says a new fissure has opened on a stretch of uninhabited slope near Mount Etna's southeast crater.
"The Embassy is in touch with its Filipino community contacts in the cities of Catania and Messina who reported that they are safe and that no Filipino national has been affected by the eruption", the DFA said in a statement.
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