Mount Etna erupts with huge lava fountains in Italy
Catania Airport, in Italy, has been forced to close its doors due to the ongoing eruptive activity of Mount Etna, one of Europe’s most active volcanoes.
The closure was officially confirmed by the managing company, Sac, responsible for the operations of the airport.
According to Sac’s official statement released on their website, the airport’s closure was initially set until 1pm but has now been extended until 8pm local time.
Travellers are advised to check with their respective airlines before heading to the airport, as disruptions and diversions are expected.
Detailed flight information, including any rescheduling or cancellations, can be obtained from the airlines themselves or by visiting the airport’s official website, www.aeroporto.catania.it.
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The impact of the volcanic activity isn’t limited to the airport alone.
Local road traffic has also been affected as the city grapples with ash-covered streets.
To address this issue, Mayor Enrico Trantino of Catania has issued a temporary ordinance imposing a 48-hour ban on the circulation of two-wheeled vehicles (bicycles and motorcycles) and limiting the speed of other vehicles to a maximum of 30 km/h (18.6 mph) throughout the city.
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The move comes in response to the considerable presence of volcanic ash from Mount Etna’s recent emissions.
The City of Catania has taken immediate action to address the ash-covered roads.
Mayor Trantino and Ecology Assessor Tomarchio have initiated special cleaning services, deploying personnel from waste collection contractors to clear the streets of volcanic debris.
As a precautionary measure, local residents are advised to gather and deposit the volcanic ash, once removed from private spaces, into small containers near their homes.
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