Mount Etna is Europe's highest and most active volcano, and is situated on the southern Italian island of Sicily.
reports that normally Etna erupts at least twice per year, but in 2012 it appears to be far more active than usual as the volcano has spewed lava and ash 3 times over the past month, approximately 12 days apart, and a total of 6 times this year.
According to officials in Italy, the ash is causing no problems for the nearest international airport, Fontanarossa, located near Catania - which is the usual victim of Etna's activity.
There is a brand new crater
on the south-eastern slope and this has been the site of the latest eruption.