Dramatic footage shows a BBC crew and some German tourists fleeing from the Mount Etna volcano moments before it erupted. This Italian volcano is Europe’s tallest and most active volcano.
Thankfully no one was killed, although a few suffered from minor injuries.
The BBC team was filming a report about advances in volcano monitoring when they experienced the massive eruption.
The team and tourists were near the volcano when they heard a first eruption, but that didn’t seem too bad to them. However they get to experience the aftermath of the second eruption that was really intense. The volcano spewed boiling rocks of magma, forcing people run for their lives.
Thirty-five people were reportedly on the volcano when it started spitting ash and lava in the air. A woman can be heard screaming at people to get back on the mini bus. The smoke had obscured everybody’s vision but thankfully they all made it to the snowmobile.
A tourist can be seen bleeding from his forehead while a lady hugs him.
According to Italian news agency, four people, including three German tourists, were hospitalized, mostly with head injuries. Thankfully, none of them were listed as grave.
Later, BBC's global science correspondent Rebecca Morelle tweeted to let everyone know that the team was safe, yet definitely shaken.
Bbc team all ok - some cuts/ bruises and burns. Very shaken though - it was extremely scary. (5)— Rebecca Morelle (@BBCMorelle) March 16, 2017
A volcanologist told the BBC correspondent that this was the most dangerous incident in his 30-year career.
Morelle kept everyone posted via Twitter.
After everyone reached the hotel safely, she tweeted a picture of BBC camerawoman Rachel Price with her coat that was burnt and damaged by one of the boiling rocks.
She later explained the nightmare that she and her team had experience in a video.
Price thanked everyone for the support.
Thanks for all the supportive messages. Team all doing fine and nursing bruises. I don't think we'll be rushing back there in the morning!— Rachel Price (@NewsCamerawoman) March 16, 2017
Italy's volcanology institute confirmed the explosion took place at about 2,700 meters (8,858 feet) above sea level, putting the tourists at more than 500 meters (1,640 feet) below the base of the crater. The institute continues to monitor the situation.
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