Sicily's Mount Etna, Europe's tallest and most active volcano, sent streams of red hot lava and ash plumes into the sky as it erupted overnight on Saturday (October 26). According to Italy's official Ansa news agency the latest in the series of eruptions was announced by small earthquakes. The first and strongest quake of magnitude 2,8 was recorded at 0120 a.m. local time (1920ET). Seismologists have detected some 15 quakes on the Etna since Friday (October 25), Ansa said. Lava spewed into the night sky over Etna's south-eastern crater. A miles-high ash plume was formed above the crater by sunrise. While there were no reports of damage or evacuations in the area, air traffic at the nearby airport of Catania was disrupted and flights delayed, local media reported. This is the 14th time that Etna has erupted in 2013. The south-eastern crater, formed in 1971, has been the most active in recent years. Etna, which is located above Catania, often erupts but rarely causes damage. Whilst the eruptions themselves do not put the local population at risk, the local inhabitants do have to live with the ash showers that follow.
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