In a volcanic eruption in Italy, people fled on Wednesday. Many had to escape the fiery explosion by boat.
The Stromboli volcano on Stromboli near Sicily began spewing lava, stones and ashes on Wednesday around noon, according to the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology.
The tiny island has a permanent population of about 400, is a popular destination for tourists. So far, no injuries have been reported, reported CNN.
Videos published on social media show numerous groups of people running away from the blast.
Elena Schiera, a 19-year-old visitor from Palermo, Sicily, described the scene when the eruption began near her family's boat.
"At that moment, the panic broke out as we removed the cloud a few feet from our stern," Schiera told CNN. "But thanks to my father, who was at the wheel, we were able to get away just in time, because then the cloud rose again." of ashes, followed by a loud noise.
"I started filming and then we heard the big explosion and I filmed the quill," she said. "We then went back to see if we could help with an evacuation."
Federica Manna, who lives on Stromboli, described a chaotic scene from the island. She told CNN it looked like it had "started to rain sand and rocks" when the eruption started.
"You can imagine the chaos – we hid in a church under the beams because we feared there would be an earthquake," Manna told CNN.
However, the authorities say the situation is under control and helicopters have been sent to put out fires caused by the flowing lava.
This is the second outbreak on Stromboli in as many months. In July, a hiker was killed by falling rocks when the volcano exploded unexpectedly.