Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
Finance | By Laverne Griffith

Violent Mt Etna eruption injures BBC crew (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Violent Mt Etna eruption injures BBC crew (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

A BBC television crew and a number of tourists have been injured by fiery molten lava after venturing up an erupting Mount Etna.

Rebecca Morelle, BBC's science correspondent who was on scene, tweeted about the event, noting that the group "had a very lucky escape". Six of them will be taken to hospitals in Catania and Acireale.

A volcanologist at the scene told her it was the most unsafe incident he had experienced in his 30-year-career.

She also reported that all members of the BBC crew were safe, though some experienced some minor injuries.

The volcano, one of the world's most active, last erupted two weeks ago on the Italian island.

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The injured were hit by the lava, boiling rocks and steam erupting from the volcano, but none of them are in critical condition. She said the experience was extremely scary.

"Explosions like this have killed", she added.

Italy's Mount Etna has consistently erupted for thousands of years, as shown in this picture from October 30, 2002. "There were 10 injuries but none serious", he said. The volcano previously had an active eruption rate of 1.7 years until 2001, when activity became more frequent.

Authorities said about 35 tourists were in an area they had permission to enter on the volcano, when the explosion occurred about midday on Thursday (local time).

Red hot lava can be seen flowing from Mount Etna while the surrounding snow had been edited to a blue colour to distinguish from the clouds.

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