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Volcanic Eruption Sends Rocks Raining Down on Italy

Some rocks and ash can also fall from the sky much like rain, as they are sent into the atmosphere and can collect on clouds to be rained down with later precipitation.

Mt Etna volcanic ash
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(AccuWeather Global Weather Center) - AccuWeather.com reports Italy's Mt. Etna, the most active volcano in europe, erupted twice in less than a week earlier this month. The first eruption took place on Nov. 16, the second on Nov. 23.

Lava flows were reportedly shot 700-800 meters in the air. Lightning was also present during the explosion, as well as plumes of gas, smoke and ash.

The ash traveled across the region, coating Giardini Naxos on Sicily with black dust. It also pushed across the Strait of Messina and into the mainland. Chunks of ash and rock fell from the sky, as big as 2 centimeters in diameter. Four air corridors that service Sicily's Catania Airport and a local highway were closed for a time as a result of the raining volcanic debris.

"They must be spewed high into the sky and then carried by the winds. Those type of rocks are rather light and full of air," said AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Mark Paquette.

Some rocks and ash can also fall from the sky much like rain, as they are sent into the atmosphere and can collect on clouds to be rained down with later precipitation.

By Samantha-Rae Tuthill, Staff Writer AccuWeather.com

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Ralph E. Stone November 26, 2013 7:58 am (Pacific time)

In October, my wife and I visited Taormina close to Mount Etna. We actually went up on Mount Etna -- not to the top of course. Later, as the author mentioned Mt. Etna erupted twice, spewing ash over the area, including Taormina. Luckily, Mt. Etna does erupt periodically so pressure does not build up too much. Living near an active volcano must be like living in a earthquake area. After awhile, an eruption or an earthquake is no big thing.

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