Greece, Italy face possible volcano threat
Greece is facing a possible eruption of a volcanic island near the coast, with the risk of a major eruption threatening the lives of tourists and residents.
The government has declared a three-day state of emergency in the region.
The islands of Agios Iasi and Agios Agios, both near the Greek island of Lesbos, are at risk of an eruption.
Greek state broadcaster ERT said on Sunday that a volcano had formed on Agios-Iasi, with experts warning of a strong eruption.
ERT’s statement comes after a local tourist and a local official in the town of Agias, near the island, confirmed that the volcano had erupted.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has been warned of the danger and warned that the eruption could cause serious damage to tourism and the surrounding economy.
Tsipris also warned that tourists would be allowed to leave the area in the next two days if they had the necessary permits.
Greece has a long history of volcanoes, which were discovered in the 1950s.
However, in recent decades they have become increasingly active, with more than 2,000 active eruptions recorded over the past four decades.
More than 70 people have died since 2004 after a volcano exploded in the Aegean Sea in 1974, killing about 50 people.