Stromboli begins clean-up after volcano eruption

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The Stromboli volcano, which shares a name with the island it inhabits, is one of three main active volcanoes in Italy.

Smoke billows from the volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli, background, following an eruption Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

The presence of an active volcano on the island means it is a magnet for tourists who visit from early spring each year.

There were two primary eruptions which took place at 4.46pm local time (5.43pm BST) according to the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology.

Falling stones from the eruption struck a 35-year-old hiker from Sicily, who sadly died from his injuries; his Brazilian companion was found by fire and rescue teams suffering from shock and dehydration.

Scared tourists threw themselves into the surrounding waters to escape the flying debris, the Italian files agency, ANSA, reported.

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In Italy, terrified local priest Giovanni Longo described the scene at the Stromboli volcano as "being in hell because of the rain of fire coming from the sky". Seventy people were evacuated from Ginostra on the volcano's southwest flank.

While it sounds like a thrillseeker's dream, climbing Stromboli is probably safer than it sounds. He went to help people in the village of Ginostra - on the south side of the island - which is the nearest populated area close to the eruption.

Four-fifths of the island's population of around 500 chose to leave for the Aeolian island administrative center of Lipari, whose schools have taken on Stromboli's children since the disaster.

Add Volcanoes as an hobby to defend up to this point on essentially the most modern Volcanoes files, video, and prognosis from ABC Files. Some tourists reportedly fled into the sea to avoid the smoke and flames. It's probably safer to climb Stromboli than it is to drive your vehicle most days, but that doesn't mean it's not without its risks. Ash and lapilli [rock fragments] were shot up to two kilometres high before landing on the ground and hitting the sides of the mountain.

"These are events of great intensity and quite rare", he told Reuters. Something to keep in mind when making your vacation plans.

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