Volcano erupts on Sicily’s Stromboli island; 1 person killed

MILAN (AP) — Italian news agency ANSA says eruptions from a volcano on the Sicilian island of Stromboli sent about 30 tourists jumping into the sea for safety.

Civil protection authorities said a hiker was killed during the eruptions on Wednesday. Molten material from the volcano ignited a series of fires.

Witness Gianluca Giuffre described to ANSA “a very violent explosion followed by a shower of glowing lapilli and lava material.”

He says people in the town of Ginostra barricaded themselves in houses or threw themselves into the sea.

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Italy has three main active volcanoes: Etna on Sicily, Vesuvius near Naples and Stromboli, which shares the name of the small Sicilian island.

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