Sunday, November 26, 2006

Etna Ash Forces Airport Closure

Imagine our surprise on Friday when we saw Etna spouting a huge plume of gray smoke (volcanic ash)! It seemed to be drifting to the east, which was good, since I live to the south of the crater. Sure enough, on a drive to Taormina, the sky got darker and there was definitely ash drifiting on the road and on parked cars, etc. Later, we heard that there was a possibility of the Catania airport being closed. That evening, it actually WAS closed from late evening till the next morning. Apparently, the ash can cause damage to jet engines because it's like sand that is sucked into the turbine.


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