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Rome (AFP) Oct 23, 2011
Lava and ash spewing out of a crater of the giant Etna volcano in southern Italy forced the closure of nearby Catania airport, ANSA news agency said late Sunday.
With a high risk of volcanic ash being blown onto the runways, the airport was closed for safety reasons and flights redirected to nearby Palermo.
It is the volcano's 17th eruptive activity since the start of the year.
Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe at 3,295 metres (10,810 feet).
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Airports reopen after Chile ash woes
Buenos Aires (AFP) Oct 17, 2011
The main airports in Argentina and Uruguay were up and running again Monday, but officials warned that continuing eruptions from neighboring Chile's Puyehue volcano could disrupt air travel for months to come. Chile's Sernageomin mining and minerals authority said in a report issued Monday that the ash and dust that has intermittently darkened the region's skies over the past few months were ... read more
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