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Sicily airport reopens after Mount Etna volcanic ash cloud

  • The image released by European Space Agency ESA shows lava flowing from Mount Etna volcano in Sicily, Italy, captured March 16, 2017 10:45 GMT (11:45 CET) by the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite. The red hot lava flowing from Mount Etna can be seen clearly in the image from Sentinel-2A. The surrounding snow has been processed in blue to distinguish from the clouds. (Sentinel-2A/ESA via AP)

    The image released by European Space Agency ESA shows lava flowing from Mount Etna volcano in Sicily, Italy, captured March 16, 2017 10:45 GMT (11:45 CET) by the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite. The red hot lava flowing from Mount Etna can be seen clearly in the image from Sentinel-2A. The surrounding snow has been processed in blue to distinguish from the clouds. (Sentinel-2A/ESA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this picture made available Friday, March 17, 2017, the Etna volcano eruption is pictured by the Sentinel 2A satellite Thursday, March 16, 2017. Volcanic rocks and steam injured at least 10 people, including tourists and a scientist, following an explosion on Sicily’s Mount Etna Thursday, witnesses and media reported.  (ESA via AP)

    In this picture made available Friday, March 17, 2017, the Etna volcano eruption is pictured by the Sentinel 2A satellite Thursday, March 16, 2017. Volcanic rocks and steam injured at least 10 people, including tourists and a scientist, following an explosion on Sicily‚Äôs Mount Etna Thursday, witnesses and media reported. (ESA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Catania airport has reopened in eastern Sicily after a thick, volcanic ash cloud from nearby Mount Etna had made takeoffs and landings impossible.

The airport said flights were resuming, some after delays, early Saturday afternoon. Flights had been diverted to Palermo and Comiso airports on the island after the airport closed Friday evening.

Earlier in the week, fiery-hot lava belching from Mount Etna caused an explosion when making contact with snow on the mountainside, injuring 10 people.

Etna's eruptions, often visible from far away, are reminders to those living or hiking on its slopes that the volcano is quite active.