At Least One Dead Following Volcano Eruption on Italy's Stromboli Island

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Smoke billows from the volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli Wednesday

The island of Stromboli has a population of around 500 people, and the last major eruption to occur was 17 years ago.

Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) said there were two huge explosions on the central-southern side of the volcano's crater at around 2:45pm on Wednesday.

The INGV said it was monitoring the situation.

One British holidaymaker was quoted by BBC News as saying: "We turned around to see a mushroom cloud coming from Stromboli".

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A hiker who modified into strolling on one of many mountain's many trails modified into killed, and two assorted people comprise been reported injured, primarily based mostly on Italy's Civil Safety Company. His companion, from Brazil, was discovered in a state of shock.

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The notoriety of Stromboli's active volcano has even translated into popular culture. It has been erupting nearly continuously for most of the past 85 years. Mount Vesuvius near Naples lastly erupted in 1944. The island is most productive accessible by ferry.

Witnesses shared their experiences of the eruption on Twitter.

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"We have reports of several fires caused by the violent explosion", said Biffarella.

Scared tourists threw themselves into the surrounding waters to escape the flying debris, the Italian files agency, ANSA, reported. And you can look in from surprisingly nearby; about 150 to 250 metres from "almost directly above the active craters", according to Volcano Discovery.

Access to the island was forbidden to outsiders for over a month amid the risk of further landslides and scientists set up electronic observation stations to monitor volcanic activity.

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The island was the setting for a 1950 movie starring Ingrid Bergman and, with other islands in the Aeolian archipelago, has become a favorite location in recent decades for holiday homes for the rich and famous.

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