The volcanology institute in Catania, eastern Sicily, said Thursday that a two-hour eruption overnight sent a little stream of lava down the eastern slope of the mountain. Nobody was injured.
The volcano also spewed out ash, which rained down and forced Catania's Fontanarossa airport to shut down overnight, canceling or diverting a few domestic flights.
Officials said the airport reopened early Thursday.
Etna is Europe's most active volcano. Its last major eruption was in 1992...
Here is another article I wrote about Sicily. I like the google maps which allow one basically travel down the streets of Catania.
*Although Mount Etna (or Aetna) is the highest active volcano in Europe, its renown comes from its role in Greek legends and in ancient works by writers such as Hesiod, Pindar and Aeschylus. According to Greco-Roman mythology, the giants -- the enemies of the gods -- were buried beneath Mount Etna. In their efforts to break free, the Giants caused frequent earthquakes around the mountain.
** I tryed to walk there once. I got as far as Motta, St Anastasia... ...where a bottle of wine, a sandwhich, the local beauty(ies), and the Norman Dongione delayed me. C'est la vie...
In 1992 US Marine CH53E and US Navy RH53E placed concrete blocks on the volcano to stem the tide of a lava flow. Nature, Journal of Science, (22 February 2007)