Etna volcano: eruption intensifies (December 24, 2018)

Volcano Etna has erupted this morning about 11:00 UTC. Explosive activity is increased at Bocca Nuova and NE Crater summit vent .

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Significant ASH Emission occurs. Dark cloud growing above Volcano summit. Volcanic ASH Cloud sectors B1,B2 and B3 reported closed. Catania airport temporary not available. Some flights diverted to other airports.

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Catania airport arrivals regulated with a reduced rate (4 ARR/hour) due to Etna volcano activity. Flight contingency procedures in force, sectors B1, B2 and B3 closed to all general air traffic and all VFR operations suspended until tomorrow at 1200 UTC.

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The strong ash emissions can also be seen on satellite images.

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Moderate to high delays at Catania Airport