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Erupting Sicilian Volcano Hit By More Earthquakes

Mt Etna, Europe's highest and most active volcano, has triggered a 4.8 magnitude earthquake.

The volcano, which began erupting on Monday, is on the outskirts of the city of Catania, on the east coast of Sicily.

On Wednesday, residents near Mt Etna were told to flee after a larger earthquake measuring 4.8 magnitudes struck about two kilometres underground.

Its epicentre was between the towns of Viagrande and Trecastagni.

At least 30 people have been injured authorities said.

Buildings have been damaged in the area, with tremors felt in Catania, where around 300,000 people live.

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Mt Etna began erupting when a new fissure opened up after the area was hit by about 130 earth tremors on Monday.

Since then, it has continued to spew lava and smoke into the area, forcing officials to close the nearby Catania airport.

It is known to erupt occasionally throughout the year, but its major eruption in 1992 was the last time lava has encroached on nearby towns.

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The eruption of Mt Etna comes as Indonesia was hit by a tsunami after Mount Anak Krakatau erupted some 50 kilometres off the coast.