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Mount Etna eruption creates spectacular show, disrupts flights

Mount Etna erupted Wednesday creating a spectacular light show that was visible from hundreds of miles around, La Repubblica reported. The eruption of the snow-covered volcano on the island of Sicily continued Thursday although its intensity seemed to be diminishing, according to the Italian newspaper.

The airport in the nearby city of Catania was temporarily closed, stranding the Roma soccer team in the city overnight. The club had returned to Sicily to complete a Serie A match against Catania that was halted by a storm last month. "Every time we come to Catania something happens," coach Luis Enrique told reporters. Click here to read the full report from La Repubblica in Italian.

All photos by Antonio Parrinello / Reuters

Mount Etna spews lava on the southern Italian island of Sicily on Feb. 9, 2012. Mount Etna is Europe's tallest and most active volcano.

Etna erupted 18 times in 2011 and Wednesday's was the second such event this year. See PhotoBlog images and video of the previous eruption in early January.