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Italy's Mount Etna erupts with red lava (VIDEO)

The eruption closed down airspace in the area briefly but no villages were evacuated.

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Mount Etna erupted on Saturday causing air delays. (Youtube/Screengrab)

Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, loves the spotlight.

The volcano erupted in an show of red and gold lava that lit up the southeastern end of the Italian island of Sicily on Saturday night.

Underground tremors warned of the impending exposion.

The eruption closed down airspace in the area briefly, but no villages were evacuated.

The volcano is constantly spewing lava but the last big eruption occurred in 1992.

Etna's volcanic history has the longest record of any on Earth, with the first ever recorded eruption in 425 BC — but surely it dates back much further.

Virgil even mentioned it in his poetry, where he claimed that the volcano blocked out the sun for several days and caused widespread destruction to the nearby town of Catania.

Other major eruptions were recorded in 40 AD, 1169, 1185 and 1669, with the last being a particularly bad one.

The features of the volcano have made it less deadly than, say its inactive neighbor to the north, Mount Vesuvius, which famously wiped out the city of Pompeii in 79 AD.

Watch this video (via Latest Breaking News) which shows Etna's eruption:

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/italy/131026/italys-mount-etna-erupts-red-lava