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A Volcanic Explosion in Italy Injured 10 People

A Volcanic Explosion in Italy Injured 10 People

The video above shows several people fleeing for cover after an explosion at Mount Etna.

Mount Etna spewing lava Thursday, hours before the incident.

The eruption happened at about 11:30am on Thursday and left nearly a dozen injured.

Thursday's eruption marked the third volcanic event on the mountain in the last three weeks. Residents, along with thousands of visitors each year, sometimes catch spectacular views of fountains of lava shooting into the night sky. Umberto Marino was headed up the slope on a snowcat when the injured people started running toward him, according to the Associated Press.

It is the third time in less than three weeks that Europe's most active volcano, which overlooks the city of Catania, has erupted, spewing lava nearly 200 metres into the sky. The lava bursts reached almost 650 feet high, the institute said in a report. He added, "We saw people coming back wounded".

The BBC film crew at the scene said they had escaped unharmed.

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The lava had mixed with some snow, causing a small explosion and then a larger one.

The explosion threw rocks and steam into a group of tourists.

Etna is one of two volcanoes in Italy considered "decade volcanoes" because of how frequently they can erupt. Another phreatic eruption 14 years ago injured 32 people on Mount Etna including first responders. This particular eruption was strengthened when the magma came into contact with the snow and exploded.

Etna is Europe's most active volcano.

The chaotic video shows the crew just metres from the eruption in Sicily, Italy, an explosion which one volcanologist at the scene described as "the most risky in his 30-year career".

Writing on Twitter, Ms Morelle said some of the crew had suffered "head injuries, burns, cuts and bruises".


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