Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Explosion in Mount Etna Crater Injures 10 Tourists

Explosion in Mount Etna Crater Injures 10 Tourists

A BBC crew member has told how her team were forced to run down a mountain while being "pelted with rocks" as they were caught up in an explosion on Italy's Mount Etna.

Mount Etna, on the Italian island of Sicily, entered a new eruptive phase Wednesday after erupting spectacularly at the end of last month.

There were unconfirmed media reports of a total of 10 people injured, none of them seriously. "Volcanologist said most risky incident experience in his 30-year career".

The BBC crew was shaken but physically OK despite having suffered cuts, bruises and burns, she wrote.

BBC shared the footage from their journalists on Etna - all of whom are safe and suffering from only minor injuries - in the clip below.

Among those present when the explosion occurred was a scientist from Italy's volcanology institute, Boris Behncke, who said on his Facebook page that he had suffered a bruise to his head.

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Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

"Therefore we didn't have any serious injuries, just some small abrasions".

The south-east crater on Mt Etna has been erupting for several days.

Mountain rescue teams were sent to save the group and treat the injured following what is believed to be one of the largest eruptions in recent years.

The explosion was reportedly caused by hot molten lava mixing with steam at the summit of Europe's highest volcano.

So far, the eruption has not caused disruptions to the nearby population - Catania's airport remains open and there have been only periodic spews of volcanic ash.

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