Mt Etna erupts

Created on March 19, 2013
Mount Etna eruption

Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano, has erupted again sending ash and lava  into the night sky on the island of Sicily.

Mount Etna has been erupting frequently over the last couple of years  and Italian airliners sometimes have to alter their routes to avoid flying through ash clouds.

The eruptions aren’t huge but there are several villages on the slopes of Mount Etna which need to keep an eye on things

Tuesday’s eruption did not cause any interruption to air traffic at the airport serving the nearby town of Catania, according to reports.

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Hi my name is Shem and I am the founder and Editor of Kiwi Kids News. Myrole is to make sure the website is ticking over nicely. During the day I work as a teacher at Aquinas College in Tauranga. By night I am a triathlon wannabe whose goal is to one day complete an Ironman triathlon. I also enjoy playing backyard cricket with my two boys and listening to my little girl sing Frozen.


  1. Abby

    August 1, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Wow! And I thought the Quakes were scary!

  2. flo

    March 29, 2013 at 10:54 am

    WOW that must have been scary

  3. Mr Stewart

    March 25, 2013 at 12:31 pm


  4. Alex Fourie

    March 21, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    i would be very scared

  5. Jennifer

    March 21, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    wow its unbelievably amazing

  6. jacquin

    March 21, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    awsome bro

  7. Clonnyburger#1

    March 21, 2013 at 11:34 am

    ah yeahs

  8. caelan

    March 21, 2013 at 11:33 am

    That looks supercalafragilisticexpealadouchous

  9. deanhema

    March 20, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    that was awsome

  10. orbital

    March 20, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    i would hate to be near that vocano 0_0

  11. jacquin kawna

    March 20, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    you the man who ever got this

  12. BigCat

    March 20, 2013 at 9:22 am


  13. random guy

    March 20, 2013 at 9:16 am

    nop its not


  14. sam

    March 19, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    COOL AS!!!!!!!! :D

    dat is so cool isnt it

  15. tiptop

    March 19, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    great pics

  16. Lucy

    March 19, 2013 at 10:13 am

    thats not really creepy but then it kind of is

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