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A small portion of lava eventually broke through a fragile section of the city walls on the western side of Catania and destroyed a few buildings before stopping in the rear of the Benedictine monastery, without reaching the centre of the town.

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Ripley (film).) is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, Italy, in the Metropolitan City of Catania, between the cities of Messina and Catania.

It lies above the convergent plate margin between the African Plate and the Eurasian Plate.

It is also known as Mungibeddu in Sicilian and Mongibello or Montebello in Italian (the Italian word literally means beautiful mountain").

According to another hypothesis, the term Mongibello comes from the Latin Mulciber (qui ignem mulcet, "who placates the fire"), one of the Latin names of the Roman god Vulcan.

About 300,000 years ago, volcanism began occurring to the southwest of the summit (centre top of volcano) then, before activity moved towards the present centre 170,000 years ago.

Eruptions at this time built up the first major volcanic edifice, forming a stratovolcano in alternating explosive and effusive eruptions.

Since 2000, Etna has had four flank eruptions — in 2001, 2002–2003, 2004–2005, and 2008–2009.

Summit eruptions occurred in 2006, 2007–2008, January–April 2012, and again in July–October 2012.

Etna's most destructive eruption since 122 BC started on 11 March 1669 and produced lava flows that destroyed at least 10 villages on its southern flank before reaching the city walls of the town of Catania five weeks later, on 15 April.

The lava was largely diverted by these walls into the sea to the south of the city, filling the harbour of Catania.

Ash from these eruptions has been found as far away as south of Rome's border, 800 km (497 mi) to the north.

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