Sicilly's Mount Etna
Sicily's Mount Etna

Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna, has erupted, shooting flames and ash into the night sky over eastern Sicily.

The volcano erupted late on Saturday, but had abated by early on Sunday morning.

No nearby villages were considered to be in danger, and no evacuations were ordered.

The airport in nearby Catania said two sections of airspace above the volcano were closed to flights, but that the airport itself was operating normally, including takeoffs and departures.

It is the 16th time the volcano has erupted this year. The last major eruption was in 1992, when a lava flow threatened to engulf the town of Zafferana.