Lonely Planet Writer

Flights delayed in Italy as Mount Etna erupts

Europe’s most active volcano, located in Italy, began erupting on Thursday evening, spewing a column of black ash and leading to disrupted flights.

In this picture made available Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, lightning is seen in the cloud of smoke during an eruption of Mt. Etna, near Catania, Italy, Thursday Dec. 3, 2015. Mt. Etna is Europe's most active volcano at 3,350 meters (10,990 feet) and erupts quite frequently.
In this picture made available Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, lightning is seen in the cloud of smoke during an eruption of Mt. Etna, near Catania, Italy, Thursday Dec. 3, 2015. Mt. Etna is Europe’s most active volcano at 3,350 meters (10,990 feet) and erupts quite frequently. Image by AP Photo/Salvatore Allegra

The Sicilian volcano of Mount Etna spewed lava and led to the closure of Reggio Calabria airport on Thursday morning, but flights have since resumed.

In this picture made available Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, Mt. Etna spews lava during an eruption, near Catania, Italy, Thursday Dec. 3, 2015. Mt. Etna is Europe's most active volcano at 3,350 meters (10,990 feet) and erupts quite frequently.
In this picture made available Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, Mt. Etna spews lava during an eruption, near Catania, Italy, Thursday Dec. 3, 2015. Mt. Etna is Europe’s most active volcano at 3,350 meters (10,990 feet) and erupts quite frequently. Image by AP Photo/Salvatore Allegra

The dramatic show from the volcano left neighbouring homes covered in a fine layer of dust on Friday morning. While the eruption only lasted one hour, according to the Daily Star, it was one of Etna’s most violent eruptions in the past 20 years. The last major eruption of Etna was in 1992, reports the Independent.

Watch video of the eruption here.