26 October 2013
"At The First Blow Of His Thundering Sword, The Mountains And All Nature Will Tremble In Terror, For The Disorders And Crimes Of Men Have Pierced The Vault Of The Heavens Our Lady of La Salette 19 Sept. 1846 (Published by Mélanie 1879)ROME (AP) — Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, has erupted, sending up a towering plume of ash visible in much of eastern Sicily.
"Water and fire will give the earth's globe convulsions and terrible earthquakes which will swallow up mountains, cities, etc... Our Lady of La Salette 19 Sept. 1846 (Published by Mélanie 1879)
Etna's eruptions aren't infrequent, although the last major one occurred in 1992.
Catania airport said the eruption Saturday forced the closure of nearby airspace before dawn, but authorities lifted the order in early morning.
Several inhabited villages dot the mountain's slopes, but evacuations weren't necessary despite the lava flow.