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Mount Etna’s violent eruption forces airlines to cancel half-term flights to Greece as ash clouds are spewed into air


Mount Etna’s violent eruption has forced airlines to cancel half-term flights to Greece as ash clouds are spewed into the air.

Europe’s most active volcano began erupting in the early hours of Saturday morning – causing havoc for surrounding villages and airlines.

Mt Etna began exploding early Saturday morning

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Mt Etna began exploding early Saturday morning
Flights to Athens from London have had to be cancelled

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Flights to Athens from London have had to be cancelledCredit: Splash

British Airways passengers had their flight from London Heathrow to Athens cancelled with less than an hour’s notice.

It’s understood that two flights were cancelled while flights with Aegean Airlines suffered minor delays, according to the MailOnline.

Graphs from the French meteorological service predict the ash cloud will move straight over Greece, where it will cause even more disruption.

Flights to the north of Italy have faced only minor delays.

Etna is located on the east coast of southern island of Sicily.

Etna erupted several times earlier this year but the recent explosion is thought to be more violent since February.

The volcano is situated between the African and Eurasian tectonic plates and generates eruptions of varying degrees.

Earlier this year, it prodcued more than tens of millions of tons of lava and over seven million tons of carbon dioxide, water and sulfur dioxide.

It comes as the volcano on La Palma in the Canary Islands, Spain, continues to cause chaos for locals, including unstoppable “lava tsunamis”.

Dramatic footage of one of the lava rivers pouring down the mountainside was recorded by the Canary Islands Volcanological Institute (Involcan) and posted on its Twitter site.

The video shows the red-hot lava river travelling at high speed and shows buildings in its path as it travels towards the sea, devouring everything in its path.

The emergency services are continuing to monitor the latest effusions.

This is the most violent eruption since February

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This is the most violent eruption since FebruaryCredit: Reuters
Residents of neighbouring villages have already begun a clean-up

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Residents of neighbouring villages have already begun a clean-upCredit: Reuters

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