Eruption at Mount Etna brings airlines to a standstill

Volcanic ash in Nicolosi, near Catania Orietta Scardino/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Mathew 24:7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Important Takeaways:

  • Mount Etna eruption grounds flights in Sicily with clouds of ash
  • Flights from Catania airport in Sicily were grounded on Sunday after volcanic ash from an eruption of Mount Etna covered the runways.
  • Airport authorities announced that flights would be suspended until Monday 9 a.m. local time (3 a.m. ET) due to the fallout from the eruption on Twitter. They later told CNN that flights are expected to resume at midday Monday
  • Pictures and video footage show black volcanic ash covering planes at the airport, and blanketing roads in the area.
  • The ash was produced by a paroxysmal eruption that sent lava fountains more than 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) into the air, Boris Behncke, a vulcanologist at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology’s Etna observatory, told CNN.
  • The observatory said in a statement that the eruptive phase ended around 9 p.m. Sunday, but it couldn’t predict when a new phase might begin.

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