Mount Etna Volcano Eruption and Earthquake Cause Christmas Chaos: In Pictures

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A column of smoke and ash rises from Mount Etna, as seen from the town of Giarre in Catania province.

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A plume of volcanic ash fills the sky over Catania.

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The church of Santa Maria del Carmelo e Sant'Emidio in the town of Pennisi after a 4.8-magnitude earthquake hit the area around Mount Etna.

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A civil defense worker cordons off an area in front of a damaged building in Zafferana Etnea, near Catania.

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Earthquake-damaged buildings in Zafferana Etnea.

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Residents gather outside a damaged building in Zafferana Etnea.