Etna ash plume cancels flights, government inaction angers mayors

April 12, 2013 at 5:28 PM
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CATANIA, Italy, April 12 (UPI) -- Airline flights from the Sicilian city of Catania to Rome and Bologna, Italy, were canceled Friday after sightings of ash plumes from Mount Etna.

Europe's tallest active volcano continued belching ash and lava Friday for the 14th time this year, the Italian news agency ANSA said Friday.

Earlier in April, mayors of towns surrounding the mountain called for government action.

"A few snowflakes in Rome get everyone going, while we've been having to put up with these ash showers for years," Santa Venerina Mayor Enrico Pappalardo complained.

"We want a state of emergency to be declared," the mayors said in a joint statement.

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