ROME.— While the activity of Popocatépetl increased in Mexico, the Etna volcano, in Italy, erupted.
The authorities of the European country reported the suspension of returns from the Catania International Airport, on the island of Sicily, due to the presence of ash from Etna.
The increase in activity at the volcano and the fall of ash on the airport runways led to the decision to suspend activity until security conditions are better, according to a report by the AdnKronos news agency.
Yesterday morning the authorities announced the closure of a sector of the airspace near the airport.
In addition, they warned of possible delays in arrivals and departures due to the presence of ash.
Due to the eruption of Mount Etna and the copious amount of volcanic ash on the surface of the airport, flight operations were suspended until conditions are safe again,” the Catania airport, through which the plane transited, reported in a statement. last year about 10 million passengers.
In addition, the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology reported an increase in tremor activity in recent days.
With its 3,324 meters, Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe and has erupted frequently in the last 500,000 years.
Yesterday, the inhabitants reported hearing strong roars coming from the volcano in the region, according to the newspaper La Repubblica.
As of press time, local authorities had not reported any injuries from the volcanic activity.
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