Italy's Mount Etna shoots lava into air

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The volcano Mount Etna on the southern Italian island of Sicily has erupted again, spewing hot lava into the air only 30 hours after its last outburst.

The volcano shot lava up to 700 metres high into the sky shortly after midnight, the National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) said on Thursday.

A thick column of smoke made of gas and ash rose up from the crater for several kilometres.

Streams of lava flowed down the southeastern side of the volcano, just like during a first eruption on Tuesday.

After about two hours the mountain calmed down again.

INGV experts took samples from near the volcano, which is located in the east of the island.