4.8 quake hits area near Sicily's Mount Etna

Volcanic ash forces overnight closure of Catania airport

The eruption of the Mount Etna volcano in Sicily this week triggered a series of earthquakes on the island nation, the largest being a 4.8 magnitude tremor that hit early Wednesday.

The quake hit at 3:19 a.m. (0219 GMT), prompting many people to run out of their homes and sleep in cars.

Mount Etna, one of the world's most active volcanos, has been erupting since Monday and sending volcanic ash and heavy smoke in the air.

Italy's national institute for geophysics and vulcanology (INGV) counted more than 130 seismic shocks in the zone, with the strongest reaching a magnitude of 4.0.

An house is seen damaged by an natural disaster, measuring magnitude 4.8, at the area north of Catania on the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy, December 26, 2018.

"Etna remains a risky volcano, and this country of ours is unfortunately fragile", government undersecretary Vito Crimi told The Associated Press, adding there were no fatalities and 10 slight injuries.

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Etna has been particularly active since July.

An 80-year-old man was pulled from the rubble of a house, the Italian news agency ANSA said.

Debris of a partially collapsed house sits on the street in Fleri, Sicily, after an natural disaster triggered by Italy's Mount Etna volcano. A ceiling collapsed in another house, and in other homes parts of exterior walls crumbled.

Photos of the damage inflicted by the quake flooded social media.

An airport at the city of Catania continued to operate and a coastal highway nearby was reopened late in the day after being partially shut down.

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