Etna eruption leaves ten injured

by Edgar Hayes March 18, 2017, 0:56
Etna eruption leaves ten injured

Its last major eruption was in 1992.

Although this eruption did not disrupt the surrounding towns, Mt Etna has the potential to be very unsafe. Residents, along with thousands of visitors each year, sometimes catch spectacular views of fountains of lava shooting into the night sky. It was the steam and flying debris that posed the danger on Mount Etna.

Eight people were reportedly injured some of whom had to be evacuted from the moutnain by rescue teams.

Mount Etna has burst into life for the third time in just under three weeks, spitting molten lava almost 200 metres (650 feet) into the sky above Sicily.

She tweeted: "Caught up in incident at Mount Etna - bbc crew & tourists caught up in huge explosion - caused injuries and evacuation from scene". The Mount Etna guides that accompanied them got all to safety with just 10 injured.

A BBC journalist and camerawoman on assignment at the volcano were among the injured.

A new lava flow had started from the volcano's south-eastern crater Wednesday, after two continuous days of activity.

Lava flow mixed with steam is believed to have caused the explosion. This particular eruption was strengthened when the magma came into contact with the snow and exploded.

Volcanologist Boris Behncke, part of the expedition, also received minor injuries to his head during what he described as a "violent explosion".

One volcanologist told Ms Morelle the explosion was the most most risky he had seen in his 30-year career. Back at hotel now after Etna explosion. One woman had a fractured elbow from a fall due to the Mount Etna eruption.

According to Italian news agency ANSA, four people including three German tourists were hospitalised, mostly with head injuries - though none of the injuries was listed as grave.

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