ETNA VOLCANO ERUPTS AGAIN
A snow-covered Mount Etna in Sicily, Europe's highest active volcano, started to erupt again. While the view was magnificent, the eruption would not have been appreciated by everyone: Catania airport was closed all night, due to the volcanic ash cloud.
The 3,295m (10,810ft) peak on the Mediterranean island of Sicily regularly awakens to blast out lava and ash. Eruptions sometimes last for days at a time and can force the closure of Catania airport.
The volcano rumbled back to life on Wednesday night, prompting a crisis meeting at Catania as a column of ash up to 5,000m (over 16,000ft) above sea level filled the sky.The local authorities state that the islanders are not in danger.
Last time the volcano erupted in 2001, closing Catania airport. This time only several flights have been delayed.
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- 1828 Signature of the agreement proposed by the Persian Monarch. It was concluded at Turkmenchay. According to this agreement, the Russo-Persian War of 1826-1828 was terminated. Yerevan and Nakhijevan, as well as the whole of Transcaucasia, were joined to Russia.
- 1918 The Transcaucasian Seim opens in Tbilissi (Georgia).
- 1935 Birth of Zori Balayan (physician, Artsakh movement activist).
- 1939 Death of Archbishop Torgom Gooshakian of Jerusalem. He was a literary figure and philologist .
- 1950 Death of Armen Tigranyan (composer) in Tbilissi (Georgia). He was born in 1879.
- 1960 Completion of the Karadak-Kazakh-Yerevan gas pipeline. The torch at Yerevan's Lenin square is lit.