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Rome (AFP) Jan 5, 2012
A column of hot ash spewed high into the sky from Italy's Mount Etna on the Mediterranean island of Sicily on Thursday, as Europe's highest active volcano rumbled back to life, officials said.
Officials held a crisis meeting at the nearby Catania airport but for the moment flights have not been halted.
The volcano spent out a column of ash up to 5,000 metres (over 16,000) feet above sea level and lava was also seen flowing from a new crater on the southeast side of the summit toward the uninhabited Valle del Bove region, according to the Catania Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology.
Etna rumbled back to life on Wednesday night.
The 3,295-metre (10,810-foot) peak regularly awakens to spew lava and ash, eruptions that sometimes last for days at a time and can force the closure of Catania airport.
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New island forms in Red Sea off Yemen: NASA
Washington (AFP) Dec 30, 2011
A new island has appeared off the west coast of Yemen following a volcanic eruption, NASA said Friday. The US space agency's Earth Observatory posted satellite photos showing a plume of white smoke rising from the ocean near the Zubair group of islands in the Red Sea on December 23. "The image from December 2011 shows an apparent island where there had previously been an unbroken water s ... read more
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