Updated: Etna eruption closes Catania Airport

Catania Airport has been closed due to Mount Etna’s eruption.

According to Sky Radar, volcanic ash has forced the cloud sectors of B1, B2 and B3 is preventing flights to and from Catania Airport.

This is causing flights to be diverted to other airports.

Watch: Etna eruption arrives for Christmas

Etna has greeted Christmas in a new spectacular way, as new fracture opened on the south-east base of the volcano on Monday at about 11AM.

The strong seismic activity was felt by people while dense ash plumes were emitted by the new SE crater. The ash plumes suggest that pulsating lava is moving.

Italian media reported that the Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Catania have recorded around 130 shocks since 9AM, some of which have exceeded 4 magnitude on the Richter. A meeting by the Crisis Unit of Catania’s airport is also scheduled.

It is understood that the 3,330 metre high volcano erupts several times a year, launching lava and ash over Sicily.