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Mount Etna volcano roars into action with ash and lava

FILE - In this April 11, 2017, file photo, snow-covered Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, spews lava during an eruption seen from the Sicilian village of Pozzillo, Italy. Mount Etna is a very active volcano, where eruptions of smoke and sometimes
FILE - In this April 11, 2017, file photo, snow-covered Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, spews lava during an eruption seen from the Sicilian village of Pozzillo, Italy. Mount Etna is a very active volcano, where eruptions of smoke and sometimes lava is a sight for visitors to Sicily and locals alike.(AP Photo/Salvatore Allegra, File)
Associated Press

ROME — Mount Etna in Sicily has roared back into spectacular volcanic action, sending up plumes of ash and spewing lava.

Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV) says that the volcano, which initially "re-awoke" in late July, sprang into fuller action Thursday evening by shooting up chunks of flaming lava as high as 150 meters (500 feet) almost constantly.

On Friday, INGV said the action was continuing, feeding ash plumes several hundred meters (yards) into the air above the crater.

No evacuations of towns on Etna's slopes were reported.

Sicilians farm on the fertile soils of the slopes of Etna. The volcano is also a popular destination for hikers on the Mediterranean island.