BBC crew and tourists injured in lava explosion on Mount Etna

Group pelted with boiling rocks and steam in incident triggered when lava came into contact with snow

A BBC crew was among 10 people injured after a flow of lava triggered an explosion when it came into contact with snow on Mount Etna in Sicily on Thursday.

Six of the crew were taken to hospitals in Catania and nearby Acireale. Their injuries were not believed to be serious.

The broadcaster’s global science correspondent, Rebecca Morelle, was among the team on the volcano at the time of the eruption, which came from a crater on the south-eastern side of the 3,000-metre peak.

She tweeted: “Lava flow mixed with steam – caused huge explosion – group pelted with boiling rocks and steam.”

Morelle said the blast caused head injuries, burns, cuts and bruises, adding that one volcanologist had told her it was the most dangerous incident he had experienced in his 30-year career.

The incident was a “reminder of how dangerous & unpredictable volcanoes can be – everyone had a very lucky escape”, she wrote.

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Source By https://www.theguardian.com

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