Mount Etna: BBC crew caught up in volcano blast 

Posted: March 16, 2017 by oldbrew in News, volcanos

Mount Etna, Sicily

Etna is known to be very active but this may have been an unusually large eruption by its own standards.

A BBC team and a number of tourists have suffered minor injuries after being caught up in an incident on the erupting volcano Mount Etna in Sicily, reports BBC News.

“Many injured – some head injuries, burns, cuts and bruises,” tweeted BBC science reporter Rebecca Morelle. Lava flow mixed with steam had caused a huge explosion, which pelted the group with boiling rocks and steam, she said.

About eight people had been injured, with some evacuated from the mountain by rescue teams, she added.

“BBC team all ok – some cuts/ bruises and burns. Very shaken though – it was extremely scary,” she relayed in one of a series of tweets as she ran down the mountain.

The BBC reporter said a volcanologist at the scene told her it was the most dangerous incident he had experienced in his 30-year-career.

She said a guide had suffered a dislocated shoulder, while a 78-year-old woman had been very close to the blast, but managed to get away safely.

Members of the group ran away from the blast, trying to reach the safety of a snow mobile, she added.
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The Catania operation centre of Italy’s volcanology institute confirmed that three of its volcanologists had been on the mountain when the explosion took place, and said some had suffered injuries, but gave no detail.

Mount Etna, which is Europe’s tallest active volcano, spewed lava up into the sky in the early hours of Thursday morning, for the third time in three weeks.

Full report: Mount Etna: BBC crew caught up in volcano blast – BBC News

  1. oldbrew says:

    ‘Mount Etna, which is Europe’s tallest active volcano, spewed lava up into the sky in the early hours of Thursday morning, for the third time in three weeks.’

    This suggests the safety rules, if there are any, may need some revision.

    Check out the burnt jacket…

  2. Graeme No.3 says:

    Vesuvius used to be very active but hasn’t erupted since March 1944. It has erupted about three dozen times since 79 A.D. There seems to be more volcanic action in the last few years along with activity at the boundary of tectonic plates.

  3. oldbrew says:

    Graeme: it seems Mount Etna has some unique characteristics.
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    Sitting on a fault

    There are many theories as to why Mount Etna is so active. Mount Etna, like other Mediterranean volcanoes such as Stromboli and Vesuvius, rests on the subduction boundary where the African tectonic plate is being pushed under the Eurasian plate. Although they appear to be geographically close, Etna is actually quite different from the other volcanoes. It is actually part of a different volcanic arc. Etna, rather than sitting directly on the subduction zone, actually sits just in front of it.

  4. hunter says:

    Taking active volcanoes for granted can be extremely hazardous to one’s health.
    Toss in hubris and arrogance, both of which it is apparent the BBC has in great abundance, and people can get hurt or worse.

  5. Gamecock says:

    People climb active volcano. What could go wrong?

  6. oldbrew says:

    Etna escape: ‘Pelted with the deadly, hot debris’
    By Rebecca Morelle
    Science Correspondent, BBC News, Sicily

    Getting to witness an awakened Etna was about as exciting as it gets for a science correspondent. I just didn’t intend to have quite such a close encounter.
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    One or two of these might be handy. Volcanoes don’t do manners 😐

  7. Stephen Richards says:

    Stupid is as stupid does.

  8. Bitter&twisted says:

    Another “science” reporter with a humanities degree?

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