Catania, Italy- Sicily's Mount Etna, Europe's largest volcano, continued erupting overnight to Thursday with a 2,000 metre- high lava flow streaming into the valley below. The glowing rock mass was flowing, according to vulcanologists in the region, down the southerly face of the mountain. It was unclear whether a new crater had been opened or whether an old one had become active.

The over 3,000-metre-high volcano started erupting on Sunday after a long period of dormancy.

There have been several lava flows, but the eruption poses no risk to people in the region, according to the authorities.

The last major eruption was in 2001.