People Are Being Pummeled By The Mount Etna Volcano’s Most Recent EruptionThe Earth Site
Rocks, ash, and steam have been pouring out of the Mount Etna volcano in Sicily. Scientific observers, film crews, and tourists experienced multiple injuries from the falling projectiles, as they were in the vicinity when the eruption occurred. As of now, there have been a total of 10 people who suffered head injuries, burns, cuts, and bruises.
The recent surge of people to Mount Etna has solely been because of the current eruption process, but things went bad when the erupting lava interacted with the snowy mountain top, causing a massive explosion.
The multiple tourist, scientific, and observer groups all became in serious danger when the explosion occurred, and it forced at least six people into hospital visits because of their injuries.
“Running down a mountain pelted by rocks, dodging burning boulders and boiling steam — not an experience I ever ever want to repeat,” said BBC global science reporter, Rebecca Morelle.
— Rebecca Morelle (@BBCMorelle) March 16, 2017
Morelle and the team she was filming with were front and center for the dangerous explosion, and when it occurred they turned and ran as fast as they could back towards the snow cat which had brought them up the mountain.
The Mount Etna volcano has become active in the last two days, pouring molten lava over the area and spewing ash and rock into the Sicilian air. But so far, the angry volcano has yet to disrupt any traffic for the nearby Catania airport or cause any damage to surrounding residents.