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Residents fearful as Mount Etna erupts again

5 April 2013 Last updated at 21:47 BST

Mount Etna, Europe's largest active volcano, has erupted again.

The unexpected bout of volcanic activity near the summit is the ninth lava fountain this year,

Dr Mike Burton from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology told BBC News that the latest eruption did not pose a threat to local towns.

Some anxious residents have called on the government to declare a state of emergency.

Pictures of eruption courtesy Klaus Dorschfeldt