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Mt. Etna Spews Smoke, Lava

September 5, 1999

CATANIA, Sicily (AP) _ Mt. Etna spewed lava and smoke again Sunday, thrilling tourists visiting the venerable volcano and sprinkling cities on the slopes with ash and debris.

The ANSA news agency said vulcanologists don’t expect a full-blown eruption from the Sicilian landmark.

It said hundreds of tourists visited the mountain, which boasts a funicular that takes visitors to an altitude of around 7,500 feet. Guides, however, refused to take people any further up the volcano, it said.

The volcanic activity has been going on for several days in the southeast crater, at an altitude of about 9,500 feet.

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