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Volcanic Explosion on Mount Etna Injures 10 People


Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, is seen from the side of a road as it spews lava during an eruption in the early hours of Thursday, March 16, 2017.

Ten people were injured in an eruption on Mount Etna on Thursday when magma flowing into snow caused a violent explosion that sent stones and rocks flying into the air, emergency services said.

Among those hurt near the summit of Etna on the island of Sicily were members of a television crew filming for the BBC.

"Running down a mountain pelted by rocks, dodging burning boulders and boiling steam — not an experience I ever ever want to repeat," the BBC's science correspondent Rebecca Morelle wrote on Twitter.

"BBC team all okay — some cuts/ bruises and burns. Very shaken though - it was extremely scary," she said.

Italian officials said six people had to be taken to hospital, but none were in a serious condition.

Etna is Europe's most active volcano. After a quiet couple of years it burst into action in February with repeated explosive eruptions that sent orange plumes of lava into the air.

Thursday's explosion was the result of a so-called phreatomagmatic eruption, caused by magma hitting water — in this case snow.

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