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Burning snow
Lave flows down the snow-clad flanks of the 3,329 m (10,922 ft) high volcanoTwitter
Italy’s Mount Etna erupted putting on a breath-taking display, on Tuesday nightTwitter
Europe’s tallest volcano, Etna is located in Sicily near the town of CataniaTwitter
South-eastern crater
The main eruption sprang from the south-eastern craterTwitter
God's fire
A church is seen as Lava coming down from Mount EtnaTwitter
Dawn of fire
Erupting Mount Etna is seen at dawnTwitter
Smoke rises from the volcanoTwitter

Italy's Mount Etna has erupted in a breathtaking display of colour, light and sound.

Lave roared down the snow-clad flanks of the 3,329 m (10,922 ft) volcano on Sicily.

Etna, Europe's tallest active volcano, is located on the east coast of the southern island, near the town of Catania.

The main eruption sprang from the southeastern crater and lasted for an hour.

Italian authorities did not issue any warnings as the lava flow was in the direction of the deserted Bove Valley.

Nevertheless, small rocks and ash showered homes in the nearby villages of Zafferana Etnea and Milo.

Etna had showed signs of activity in recent weeks. It last erupted in October 2012.