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Italy’s Mount Etna volcano erupts, causing ‘rain of stones’

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Italy’s Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, erupted on Tuesday, creating a fountain of lava and sending plumes of orange smoke into the sky.

The eruption forced Sicily’s Catania Airport to temporarily close — which often happens when the volcano is active.

No injuries or deaths have been reported.

Residents in the village of Pedara near the crater said it spewed not only ash, but also big chunks of volcanic stones throughout the area.

“It was a rain of stones,” resident Letizia Olivieri told the Associated Press. “Something I never saw in my entire life.”

The Sicilian village was in emergency mode, the mayor said, as residents and municipal teams worked to clean up the ashes on the street Wednesday.

The Etna volcano in Catania, Sicily, erupts and unleashes a high cloud of lava ash.

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Italy’s Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, erupted on Feb. 17, 2021.

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The eruption created a fountain of lava and sent plumes of orange smoke into the sky.

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No injuries or deaths have been reported.

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Residents in the village of Pedara near the crater said it spewed not only ash, but also big chunks of volcanic stones throughout the area.

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Mount Etna’s eruption is seen from the village of Catania, Italy.

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Streams of red hot lava flow in the aftermath of Mount Etna’s eruption seen from Giarre, Italy.

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“It was a rain of stones,” resident Letizia Olivieri told AP. “Something I never saw in my entire life.”

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A view of the Mount Etna eruption from Paterno, Italy.

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Volcanic ashes are seen as Mount Etna erupts at the village of Catania, Italy.

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Workers clean a street in the aftermath of Mount Etna’s volcanic eruption in Catania, Italy.

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A woman walks her dog in the aftermath of Mount Etna’s volcanic eruption in Catania, Italy.

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A man shot and injured his wife inside a west Houston doctor’s office on Monday before turning the gun on himself, a report said.

Andrew Wang, 64, was at the medical office next to the Woman’s Hospital of Texas when he carried out the violence just before 3 p.m., Click2Houston.com reported, citing police.

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His wife was hospitalized with gunshot wounds to her chest and forearm, the report said. As of Tuesday morning, she was in stable condition.

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Investigators working to determine the cause of Tiger Woods’ rollover crash have obtained data stored in the “black box” of the luxury SUV he was driving, a report said.

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The sample was sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the end of January by medical officials in Douglas County, Oregon. They said they received the results back on Monday night, which showed the P.1 variant.

“The P.1 variant … appears to be related to business travel outside the United States to and from Brazil,” the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team said in a statement Tuesday.

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