4.8 magnitude quake hits near Sicily's Mount Etna

4.8 magnitude quake hits near Sicily's Mount Etna

4.8 magnitude quake hits near Sicily's Mount Etna

According to officials, a 4.8 magnitude natural disaster has hit an area north of Catania near Mount Etna on Sicily.

About 30 people were injured, several old buildings were damaged and highways were shut down in the aftermath of the latest quake that hit at 3:19 a.m.

It came two days after Europe's highest and most active volcano erupted, sending ash into the sky and temporarily closing Catania's airport.

An house is seen damaged by an natural disaster, measuring magnitude 4.8, at the area north of Catania on the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy, December 26, 2018.

The National Institute for Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV) confirmed that the quake was only 0.6 miles deep, according to reports from AFP.

Damage was also reported in the commune of Zafferana-Etnea.

"Etna remains a unsafe volcano, and this country of ours is unfortunately fragile", government undersecretary Vito Crimi said. In another house, a ceiling collapsed. Additionally, 18 other people went to local hospitals suffering from panic attacks or shock, news reports said.

An 80-year-old man was extracted from the rubble of his home that crumbled, ANSA reported.

A woman told state radio that a heavy armoire in her home had toppled over, trapping her sister, who was then safely pulled out by her father.

A smoke column comes out of the Etna volcano in Catania, Italy, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018.

The ash plume, which began to emerge at around noon yesterday, disrupted flights at nearby Catania airport.

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