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WATCH: Italy's Mount Etna in most dramatic eruption in 20 years.

Fire and hot ash spewed high into the sky from Italy's Mount Etna, Friday, December 4, in one of the most dramatic eruptions of Europe's tallest active volcano in the past 20 years.

The volcano on the Mediterranean island of Sicily, threw up an ash column of about seven kilometers (4.3 miles) high with lava flowing from the Voragine crater for the first time in two years, the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV) said.

The eruption, which began Thursday, is among the most "energetic in the last 20 years," added the INGV.

Flights were disrupted at Catania airport, as well as at Reggio Calabria on the Italian mainland across the Strait of Sicily.

Etna's 3,295-meter (10,810-foot) peak regularly awakens to spew lava and ash in eruptions that can last for days at a time. Etna, the tallest volcano in whole Europe, is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. It was also declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013.

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