Italy's Catania airport resumed full operations Tuesday, a day after an ash cloud from Mount Etna's latest eruption in eastern Sicily forced it to shut down.
Italy's Mount Etna erupted Monday, spewing ash and lava from a new fracture.
Etna, located on the Mediterranean island of Sicily, is one of three active volcanoes in Italy.
Although Etna has seen frequent eruptions, the INGV said in August that the volcano had grown faster than ever before in recent years.
The Mount Etna volcano erupted on Monday (Dec 24), spewing ash as several minor earthquakes hit the region, and prompting a partial closure of the Sicilian airspace around the mountain. The Etna observatory reported lava flows from the volcano and said a new fracture had opened near its southeast crater.
At 9.30pm on Monday, the authorities made a decision to close the airport for all incoming and outgoing flights because volcanic ash continued being spewed unabated in the atmosphere. "It's the first lateral eruption in more than 10 years, but it doesn't seem to be risky".
The owner of a refuge on the volcano says hikers are being brought down from higher elevations to 1,900 meters (6,230 feet) for their safety.
Flights were restricted to just four landings an hour at the nearby airport at Catania because of poor visibility.
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