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Italy: Mount Etna Eruption Closes Airports and ‘Knocks Clocks 15 Minutes Fast’

07/10/2011 Leave a comment

Bizarre.  If all the clocks were 15 minutes fast, how did employers know that everyone was showing up early?

“An eruption by Mount Etna on the Italian island of Sicily left a nearby airport closed and … locals turning up early for work.

The volcano spewed lava on to its south-eastern slopes on Saturday afternoon and winds swept ash further afield, stopping flights at Catania’s Fontanarossa airport.

The strong eruption – Etna’s fifth since the beginning of the year – was shortlived, but left the airport closed overnight.

Bemused Sicilians, meanwhile, were quick to blame the volcano after thousands noticed that their clocks were running 15 minutes fast. The fast forward time keeping has affected a wide spectrum of digital clocks and watches – from computers through to alarm clocks.

It was spotted when large numbers of locals started turning up for work early, and a Facebook page was organised for those involved to compare notes.” Read more.

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