A hiker was killed Wednesday when a volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli has unexpectedly erupted.
The victim was a a 35-year-old male who was hit by a falling stone. Another was injured and more are missing. Tourists often climb to the 924-meter (3,031ft) summit of the volcano and peer into its crater. Rescue services said Wednesday’s eruption on Mount Stromboli had started fires on the western side of the small Mediterranean island north of Sicily. The sky was full pf ash. The lava started running down the side of the volcano towards nearby villages. Dramatic pictures show molten lava and ash spewing from the volcano. Firefighters are battling flames on the island.
A Canadair firefighting plane was already in action at the scene. Thirty people were evacuated from the village of Ginostra by hydrofoil, and another ship was heading to pick up other tourists. Eruptions were very rare on Stromboli: the last one was in 2007. However, the volcano is one of the most active on the planet. Stromboli, with around 500 residents, is a small island off the north coast of Sicilly.The round volcano stands 926 m (3,038 ft) above sea level. The island is a popular location for holiday homes of the rich and famous.