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ZAFFERANA ETNEA, SICILY

Forced out by a river of fire, a homeowner left behind wine and glasses as an offering to Mount Etna. And the lava flow, which since December had rolled over earthen barriers and destroyed two farmhouses, came to a near halt last week just short of Zafferana Etnea (pop. 7,000). Was it natural processes -- or were the volcano gods pleased by the wine?

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