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Feisty Mount Etna blows its top

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The snowcapped mount Etna erupts not far from Zafferana Etnea village, in Italy, on April 12.

Salvatore Allegra / AP

The snowcapped mount Etna erupts not far from Zafferana Etnea village, in Italy on April 12.

The south-eastern crater, born in 1971, has been the most active in the last few years. In the recent past lava flows have mainly damaged properties, but due to its slow speed lava has not killed human beings. So far Italian authorities have not issued any warning of dangers for houses and people.

See a visual history of Mount Etna's past eruptions on PhotoBlog.

Hot lava and ash are spewing from Italy's Mount Etna. The volcano has erupted six times this year, three times in the past month. Msnbc.com's Dara Brown reports.