Ten people have been injured by a volcano blast at Mount Etna, as magma flowing into snow caused a violent eruption, sending rocks flying through the air.
Among the injured was 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,” BBC science correspondent Rebecca Morelle tweeted.
Running down a mountain pelted by rocks, dodging burning boulders and boiling steam – not an experience I ever ever want to repeat (8)— Rebecca Morelle (@BBCMorelle) 16 mars 2017
The moment of the Etna explosion – filmed by NewsCamerawoman - she, alisonfrancis & I VERY relieved to be safe. https://t.co/YewpahruyW— Rebecca Morelle (@BBCMorelle) 16 mars 2017
According to Italian officials, six people had been taken to hospital.
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.