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Italy's Stromboli volcano on red alert as Etna eruption shuts Catania airport

Catania airport closes due to ash on runway.

Italian civil protection authorities on Thursday issued a maximum red alert warning for the Stromboli volcano due to intense volcanic activity on the tiny Sicilian island.

Dramatic footage published by Italy's National Geophysics and Volcanology Institute (INGV) showed pyroclastic flows cascading into the sea, emitting enormous plumes of smoke and ash.

Stromboli is currently "under special surveillance", civil protection minister Nello Musumeci said, adding that authorities were readying emergency evacuation plans in case needed.

Part of the seven-island Aeolian archipelago off the northern tip of Sicily, Stromboli's volcano has been erupting almost continuously for the past 90 years.

In 2002 a huge explosion on Stromboli caused a tidal wave after magma collided into the sea, and in 2019 a hiker died in a powerful eruption that covered the island in ash.

Meanwhile an eruption of the Mount Etna, Europe's tallest active volcano, has resulted in the temporary closure of the nearby Catania airport in the north-east of Sicily.

The airport has suspended all arrivals and departures, with flights expected to resume on Friday afternoon once the runway is cleared of volcanic ash.

Travellers are urged to check the status of their flight before making their way to the airport.

On Friday the mayor of Catania issued a 48-hour ban on the use of two-wheeled forms of transport and set a speed limit of 30 km/h due to the ash on the roads.

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