Italy's national seismology institute said it registered a magnitude of 4.8 and occurred at a relatively shallow depth, six-tenths-of-a-mile under the mountain's surface.
Debris sits on the street in front of a heavily damaged house in Fleri, Sicily Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018.
One elderly woman suffered multiple fractures, while 18 other people made their way to hospital on their own to be treated for minor cuts and shock.
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A smoke column comes out of the Mount Etna volcano in Catania, Italy, on December 24.
Mount Etna has been particularly active since July, with experts in Italy saying the volcano has been growing faster recently.
Volcanic ash covered nearby villages and flights to and from the Catania airport were temporarily stopped. Its frequent eruptions are often accompanied by large lava flows, but rarely pose danger to inhabited areas.
Italy's Civil Protection chief said it appeared the activity at Etna was calming down.
Some residents told reporters that after a similar quake in 1984 which killed a person, many on Mount Etna retrofitted their houses to enable them to withstand more powerful temblors.