A volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli erupted Wednesday, releasing hot trapped magma in a strong explosion, killing one person and enveloping the popular tourist vacation spot in ash, witnesses and local officers stated.
The one fatality, believed to be a vacationer, was killed by falling stones throughout a hike, a rescue service official mentioned. A second individual was injured.
The Italian news agency ANSA says the blast sent about 30 tourists jumping into the sea for security.
The eruption began fires on the western facet of the small Mediterranean island, which lies north of Sicily, off the toe of Italy. Fire crews have been being known as in from nearby locations and a Canadair plane was already in motion.
“We noticed the explosion from the hotel. There was a loud roar,” mentioned Michela Favorito, who works in a hotel close to Fico Grande, on the east side.
“We plugged our ears and after this, a cloud of ash swept over us. The entire sky is full of ash, a pretty big cloud,” she advised Reuters.
Fiona Carter, a British vacationer on the island of Panarea, some 17 miles from Stromboli, heard the blast.
“We turned around to see a mushroom cloud coming from Stromboli. Everyone was in shock. Then red hot lava started running down the mountain towards the little village of Ginostra,” she instructed Reuters.