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Stromboli eruption: Video shows tourists escaping as Italian volcano ejects smoke, fiery lava



A volcanic eruption in Italy sent people fleeing Wednesday, with many forced to flee a fiery boat explosion.

The Stromboli volcano, located on the island of Stromboli near Sicily, began picking up lava, rocks and ash around noon on Wednesday, according to the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology.

The small island, which has a permanent population of about 400, is a popular destination for tourists. No injuries have been reported so far, CNN reported.

Videos posted on social media show multiple groups of people being accelerated by the explosion.

Elena Shirea, a 19-year-old visiting from Palermo, Sicily, described the scene as the eruption began near her family's boat.

"At that moment, panic erupted because we had a cloud a few meters from our stern," Schiera told CNN. "But thanks to my father, who was in charge, we were able to get out just in time, because then the cloud started to rise again."

Nicole Bremner, who was visiting London, told the Independent that she had seen a large ash cloud, followed by a loud noise.

"I started shooting and then we heard the big bang and I shot the train," she said. "Then we headed back to see if we could help with any evacuation."

Federica Mana, who lives on Stromboli, described a chaotic scene from the island. She told CNN she appeared to have started to rain sand and rocks when the eruption began.

"You can imagine the chaos. We took shelter in a church under the beams because we feared there would be an earthquake," Mana told CNN.

Authorities say the situation is currently under control and helicopters have been dispatched to extinguish fires caused by running lava.

This is Stromboli's second eruption in as many months. In July, a tourist was killed by falling rocks when the volcano erupted unexpectedly.


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