Student Luca Mariani, 14, from Rome, filmed the moment the smoke cloud towered over the island.

“It was like being in hell … the fire is raining from the sky”: the tourists are fleeing into the sea to flee the ash cloud, while a huge volcanic eruption “breaking like a nuclear bomb” shakes the air Stromboli Mediterranean island hiker kills others injured or missing

A volcano on the Italian holiday island of Stromboli erupted yesterday as a nuclear bomb, killing at least one man and sending tourists into the sea to escape the burning rocks.

Navy ships were sent to the island for possible mass evacuation, while the eruption continued to cast ash clouds into the night sky. About 70 tourists and inhabitants have already fled.

The volcano is one of the most active in Europe and has been beating almost continuously since 1932. However, the two explosions of yesterday were particularly violent.

Tourists reportedly fled from their hotels and a large cloud of ash swept over the island of Stromboli on Wednesday

Tourists reportedly fled from their hotels and a large cloud of ash swept over the island of Stromboli on Wednesday 

Ash rises into the sky after a volcano eruption on the small Mediterranean island of Stromboli, Italy today

Ash rises into the sky after a volcano eruption on the small Mediterranean island of Stromboli, Italy today

“It was like I was in hell because the rain came from the sky,” said local priest Giovanni Longo.

The deceased, a 35-year-old hiker from Sicily, was hit by landslides as he climbed the volcano with a Brazilian escort, found in shock and dehydrated by rescuers.

“Unfortunately, a man is dead, there are injured, but not serious,” said rescuer Calogero Foti.

The Stromboli volcano on the island of the same name, off the coast of Sicily, erupted on Wednesday afternoon

The two eruptions, which occurred at 14:46 local time, were considered one of the largest ever recorded on the island and were followed by lava vomited by officials of the National Institute of Geophysics and Geophysics. volcanology “of all the estuaries in activity of the crater”.

A cloud of smoke and ashes rose more than a kilometer into the sky.

According to reports, the island of Stromboli was hit by a set of violent volcano eruptions spurring beach tourists to run into the seaAccording to reports, the island of Stromboli was hit by a set of violent volcano eruptions spurring beach tourists to run into the sea

In the midst of the horror of the explosions, about thirty tourists threw themselves into the sea for security reasons, reported the Italian news agency ANSA after the beginning of the epidemic.

The 31-year-old Alana Elliot from Bethnal Green, in East London, relaxed on the beach of a nearby island when she heard a thunderclap and saw a “mushroom mushroom” , which looked like a nuclear bomb “.

“Then we heard a loud bang, as if thunder and lightning had hit right next to us and people were running along the beach,” she said.

“You can see Stromboli from the bay, and that broke a big cloud of mushrooms – it looked like a nuclear bomb.

“A bartender came down and spoke Italian with us.” We thought he said, “Shut up, that’s good,” but in fact, he said, “Get out of here, but shut up. ”

Fires are pictured on Stromboli island's west side after the eruption today, which killed one person and injured anotherFires are pictured on Stromboli island’s west side after the eruption today, which killed one person and injured another

The staff retrieved our beach chairs and did not place them in the usual place, but seized them and threw them away before fleeing.

“We realized it was a big problem when the locals panicked and fled. There were 20 other people on the beach. ‘

Lawyer Alana of Melbourne, Australia, who accompanied her fiancé Alex Barclay, 30, and her future bridesmaid, Charlotte Lewis, described the terror of returning to their hotel, fearing that new shocks would cause brutal fall.

She added: “We thought: we’ll be fine when we get back to our hotel”.

“But we are in a mountainous area and we were worried about vibrations that could cause stones to fall.

“We are afraid that people will be dead because there are tours around Stromboli, we wanted to do it today, but decided to go tomorrow.

The explosion occurred just before 5pm and was described by one hotel worker, who heard a 'loud roar'

The explosion occurred just before 5pm and was described by one hotel worker, who heard a ‘loud roar’ 

“We were also told that people would buy boats from the harbor, fearing that a tidal wave would destroy them, there are expensive superyachts in the area.”

Fiona Carter, a British tourist from the neighboring island of Panarea, said: “There was a strong boom and a huge cloud of white and gray smoke passed from Stromboli, the inhabitants were clearly in shock. a huge cloud of mushrooms, then we saw glowing lava streams heading towards the small village of Ginostra.

“The cloud continues to spread in the sky and Stromboli has disappeared from view. Very unusual and huge explosion, so the locals. ”

A hotel employee, Michela Favorito, described a loud roar at the time of the eruptions. We clogged our ears and a cloud of ashes swept us away. The whole sky is filled with ashes, “she said.

Luca Mariani, a 14-year-old student from Rome, filmed the moment when the cloud of smoke was looming over the island.

'The cloud got bigger, white and grey. It enveloped Ginostra and now the cloud has covered Stromboli entirely,' British tourist Fiona Carter said

‘The cloud got bigger, white and grey. It enveloped Ginostra and now the cloud has covered Stromboli entirely,’ British tourist Fiona Carter said 

Luca Mariani, a 14-year-old student from Rome, filmed the moment when the cloud of smoke was looming over the island.

Luca, who sailed with her family to the Mediterranean at the time of the outbreak, said, “I had never seen anything like it, I did not know if I should be scared or excited.”

The outbreak also triggered bush fires on the island, which could not be extinguished by the fire-fighting aircraft due to the density of smoke and ash clouds.

The UK Foreign Office changed its travel advice to Italy and said: “Local authorities have reacted and are monitoring the situation, no significant impact has been reported on populated areas, but local authorities are supporting If you are in the vicinity, you should follow the instructions of the local authorities.

The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) confirmed there was an unexpected explosion on the small Mediterranean island

The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) confirmed there was an unexpected explosion on the small Mediterranean island

Stromboli has a population of about 500 and its economy is almost exclusively based on tourism – which is closely linked to the volcano.

Known as the lighthouse of the Mediterranean, it is 3000 meters above sea level and is often occupied by groups of tourists who can admire its crater.

The eruptions yesterday were classified by experts Stefano Branca in the category “breakthrough eruption”. He explained that it was an explosion of high-pressure magma from a shallow underground reservoir.

The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology expert Stefano Branca said there had been a 'paroxysmal eruption' on the island of Stromboli today

The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology expert Stefano Branca said there had been a ‘paroxysmal eruption’ on the island of Stromboli today 

“These are high intensity events and quite rare,” he said.

A previous massive eruption in December 2002 triggered a tidal wave after the magma had been thrown into the sea by a particularly violent eruption. Six people were injured.

Pillars, boats and buildings were washed away.

“It has been a long time since we have had an epidemic of this magnitude,” said former councilor Gianluca Giuffre. “My experience and that of those who have lived here for generations makes us believe that the situation will calm down, but we must be careful.”

The island, which became famous in 1950 with Roberto Rossellini’s eponymous film with Ingrid Bergman, is one of seven islands in the Aeolian archipelago off Sicily in southern Italy.

 

Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk