Catania, Italy: At least four people have been injured in a series of earthquakes around Sicily’s Mount Etna volcano, local media reports say.
The strongest was a 4.8-magnitude quake, which struck near the municipality of Viagrande on Wednesday, local time.
It was the latest in dozens of tremors since Europe’s most active volcano erupted on Monday.
Local media and images posted on social media showed damaged buildings near Catania, an eastern Sicilian city of 300,000 people.
ITALIAN VOLCANO: Sicily’s Catania airport resumed full operations a day after an ash cloud from Mount Etna’s latest eruption forced it to shut down. https://t.co/DFL3Dpige7 pic.twitter.com/fCldQrAE1k — ABC December 26, 2018
Italy’s INGV volcanology institute said on Tuesday that there was a new fracture near Mount Etna’s south-eastern crater.
Volcanic ash covered nearby villages, and many residents were forced to evacuate their homes.
People on the mountainside were told to escape quickly.
Flights to and from Catania airport had to be halted temporarily.
Il terremoto a Catania: Etna: notte di paura per un sisma di magnitudo 4.8: si registrano crolli a Fleri, Santa Venerina e Zafferana Etnea. L’epicentro intorno ai comuni di Viangrande e Trecastagni L’articolo Il terremoto a Catania proviene da… https://t.co/XvoM9Go9qa pic.twitter.com/nIkaql2A7f — Notizie confermate (@notiveri) December 26, 2018