BBC crew and tourists injured in lava explosion on Mount Etna

Group pelted with boiling rocks and steam in incident brought on when lava got here into touch with snow

tna in the early hours of Thursday
tna in the early hours of Thursday

BBC crew participants have been amongst 10 other folks injured when lava glide caused an explosion because it got here into touch with snow on Mount Etna in Sicily on Thursday.

Six of the crew have been taken to hospitals in Catania and close by Acireale. Their accidents weren’t believed to be critical.

The broadcaster’s international science correspondent, Rebecca Morelle, used to be a few of the group on the volcano on the time of the eruption, which got here from a crater on the south-eastern aspect of the three,000-metre height.

She tweeted: “Lava glide combined with steam – brought about massive explosion – team pelted with boiling rocks and steam.”


Morelle stated the blast brought about head accidents, burns, cuts and bruises, and that one volcanologist had advised her it used to be probably the most bad incident he had skilled in his 30-year profession.

It used to be a “reminder of ways bad and unpredictable volcanoes may also be – everybody had an overly fortunate break out”, she wrote.

A 78-year-old lady used to be amongst the ones temporarily delivered to protection, she stated.

It is the 3rd time in not up to 3 weeks that Europe’s maximum lively volcano, which overlooks the town of Catania, has erupted, spewing lava virtually 200 metres into the sky.

“It’s tricky to mention whether or not this has been probably the most bad eruption in 30 years,” Stefano Branca, a volcanologist at Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, stated.

“But if it had came about in August, when there isn’t any snow, it wouldn’t were as vital. This form of eruption is an exception.”

The volcano continues to be erupting, however the situationwas underneath keep an eye on, he stated.

Mount Etna, a Unesco global heritage website online since 2013, can burst into lifestyles a number of occasions yr.

Its ultimate primary eruption used to be in 1992, when the city of Zafferana Etnea used to be in the trail of the lava drift. Some houses have been buried through the lava, however nobody used to be killed.

Along with Vesuvius close to Naples, Etna is amongst 16 volcanoes in the arena classified as ‘decade volcanoes’, because of this they need to be intently monitored as a result of their common task and densely populated environment.

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