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Skiers brave the slopes of Mount Etna as it erupts

Giant orange fountains of lava have spewed into the air over Sicily overnight as Mount Etna surged into life. Streams of orange lava are flowing down the sides of the mountain, which is Europe's large

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Skiers brave the slopes of Mount Etna as it erupts

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Giant orange fountains of lava have spewed into the air over Sicily overnight as Mount Etna surged into life.

Streams of orange lava are flowing down the sides of the mountain, which is Europe’s largest volcano.



Is it dangerous?



No.

Despite being visible from as far away as Catania and Taormina, experts say this latest eruption is not dangerous.

The airport at Catania is still open and operating.

People are still skiing on the volcano’s snowy slopes.





There have been frequent eruptions over the last few decades.

Lava flows have often threatened the villages surrounding the crater.




WATCH live webcam footage of people skiing on Etna as it erupts