Italy’s Mount Etna spews jets of molten rock as it erupts for 13th time in a month

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MOUNT Etna has erupted for the 13th time in a month – spewing ash and debris into the sky.

Photos showed activity at the top of the 10,900ft volcano after three days of relative peace.


Mount Etna erupted for the 13th time in just 28 days[/caption]


The early morning eruption lit up the sky on Monday[/caption]

Lava lit up the night sky at 3am on Monday as jets of molten rock shot into the atmosphere.

Movements at the South East crater have gradually increased since March 14 in Sicily, Italy.

Previous images showed Europe’s most active volcano fire lava almost 5,000ft into the air.


Dramatic photos showed activity after three days of relative peace[/caption]


Movements had gradually increased since March 14[/caption]


The volcano forced a nearby airport to close when it erupted on February 21[/caption]


On March 12 plumes of smoke could be seen above the active site[/caption]

The longest eruption on record occurred in July 1614, when the explosive activities lasted ten years.

During this time, the volcano released more than 1billion cubic metres of lava, covering 21 sq km.

Lava and earthquakes caused havoc in the area when dozens of towns were buried in 1669.

Ray Collins – The Sun

Etna is Europe’s most active volcano and sits on the east coast of the island of Sicily, Italy[/caption]

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