Ash Cloud Darkens Sky Amid Mount Stromboli Eruption

Mount Stromboli, the volcano on the small Italian island of the same name, sent a cloud of ash more than a kilometer into the sky on Wednesday, May 19, according to the Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV).

This footage, livestreamed on Facebook by tour company Stromboli Adventures, shows smoke darkening the sky.

The “increase in explosive activity” sent a pyroclastic current down to the coast, stretching out into the sea for more than a kilometer, officials said. The INGV said the column of ash reached a height between 1.5 and 2 kilometers (0.9 to 1.25 miles).

Mount Stromboli’s eruption coincided with Italy’s Mount Etna eruption, which sprayed lava and ash into the Sicilian sky early on Wednesday morning. Credit: Stromboli Adventures via Storyful

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