Molten rocks and steam injured and burned at least 10 people following an explosion on Mount Etna.
Tourists, journalists and scientists hoping for a better look at Europe's most-active volcano were in for a shock as it suddenly erupted on Thursday.
It was a scary moment for some 35 tourists and others, including a British television TV crew, who were caught in an explosion on Mount Etna that left ten of them hurt.
Both eruptions were classed as "Strombolian" activity by volcanologists. For this most recent one, several tourists and a crew of BBC journalists were present, with the journalists catching footage from much too close.
A Mount Etna eruption turned into a volcanic blast as it spewed lava and ash into the air in a visual spectacle.
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"Running down a mountain pelted by rocks, dodging burning boulders and boiling steam - not an experience I ever ever want to repeat", she wrote on Twitter. A new lava flow started from the southeastern crater on Wednesday, and was advancing with a temperature above 1,000 degrees Centigrade in an area covered by snow, creating the explosion.
One volcanologist told Ms Morelle the explosion was the most most unsafe he had seen in his 30-year career. Injuries suffered included burns, cuts, bruises, and head injuries.
A volcano erupting must be one hell of a sight, but most of us would prefer to watch it from a safe distance.
The eruption happened at about 11:30am on Thursday and left nearly a dozen injured.
Six people remained in nearby hospitals Thursday afternoon recovering from injuries.