The eruption, which began late on Saturday night and tapered off Sunday morning, didn't endanger any of villages dotting the mountain's slopes, and no evacuation was ordered.

The airport in nearby Catania said two air space sectors above the volcano were closed to flights, but that the airport itself was operating normally, including takeoffs and departures.

Etna erupts occasionally. Its last major eruption occurred in 1992.

(Agencies)

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