BBC Crew Filming Mount Etna Among Several Injured When Volcano Blows

Italian news reports say scientists investigating the recent eruptions were injured when magma spewing from the volcano hit snow, causing an explosion.

Mount Etna, a Unesco world heritage site since 2013, can burst into life several times year, although the last major eruption was in 1992.

Rebecca Morelle, the broadcaster's global science correspondent, said that her crew was pelted with "boiling rocks and steam" while with volcanologists on Mount Etna in Sicily.

Six people remained in nearby hospitals Thursday afternoon recovering from injuries.

One volcanologist told the BBC that this latest eruption from Etna, one of the most active volcanoes on the planet, was the most unsafe he had seen in 30 years.

The BBC crew was shaken but physically OK despite having suffered cuts, bruises and burns, she wrote.

Morelle noted that similar explosions had killed people in the past.

Snow-covered Mount Etna spews lava during an eruption in the early hours of Thursday.

The volcanology institute said it was continuing to monitor the situation.

Rebecca Morelle and her BBC team were caught up in the explosion.

Volcanologists later said the eruptive phase was "diminishing", the Mirror of the United Kingdom reported.

At least ten people were injured after a sudden explosion on Mount Etna, Italy, on Thursday, March 16.

"Lava flow mixed with steam - caused huge explosion - group pelted with boiling rocks and steam". Some vulcanologists from INGV Catania were present and said the situation wasn't serious.

  • Rogelio Becker